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Death of Pope Urban IV

Pope Urban IV

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Pope Urban IV dies in Perugia. Born Jacques Pantaléon in France, he was elected pope in a conclave that included just eight cardinals. The first thing Urban IV did as pope was increase the College of Cardinals to 14, and shortly thereafter he worked to increase the amount of funds available to the Vatican.

Constantinople was taken away from the Europeans by Michael VIII Palaeologus just a couple of weeks before Urban IV took office, so another early endeavor of his was to launch a Crusade in order to restore the Latin Empire of Constantinople. This didn't go anywhere, however.

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