Sergius IV Elected 142nd Pope, Will Die a Suspicious Death

Sergius IV Elected 142nd Pope, Will Die a Suspicious Death

Pope Sergius IV
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Sergius IV becomes the 142nd pope.

Not much is known about the papacy of Sergius IV. A papal bull calling for the expulsion of Muslims from the Holy Land after the destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 1009 is attributed to him, but some believe that this bull is created at the time of the First Crusades to produce more justification for war.

The death of Sergius IV in 1012 will be treated as suspicious because he dies a week after the death of his powerful patron, John Crescentius III, ruler of the city of Rome.

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