Death of Pope Alexander IV - Launched the Inquisition in France

Death of Pope Alexander IV - Launched the Inquisition in France

Pope Alexander IV
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Pope Alexander IV dies. A nephew of Pope Gregory IX, Alexander IV made a number of serious political blunders during his papacy which ensured him the enmity of many European rulers. He was also responsible for launching the Inquisition in France.

Pope Alexander IV showed significant favor towards mendicant orders: he gathered together several groups of monks adhereing to the Rule of St. Augustine, for example, and founded the Augustinian Hermits. He also canonized Clare of Assisi, the woman who founded the Poor Clares.

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