Election of Pope Gregory V

Election of Pope Gregory V

Otto III is Crowned by Pope Gregory V
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Gregory V is elected pope. He is either the first or the second German pope, depending on how one defines "German."

Pope Boniface II, who had reigned from 530-532, had Gothic origins, and many think that is sufficiently Germanic to call him the first German pope. Others argue that Gregory V is the first German pope because of his specifically Germanic origins.

With enemies both in Rome and at home in Germany, Pope Gregory V will have to flee Rome for Lombardy. This allows his enemies to unite and elect Antipope John XVI. Pope Gregory V will eventually be restored to power through the military force of his cousin, King Otto III.

When Pope Gregory V dies, it may not be due to natural causes.

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