Death of Pope Victor III, Called for Crusade Against Muslims in Africa Hot

Death of Pope Victor III, Called for Crusade Against Muslims in Africa

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Pope Victor III dies. Born Daufer (Dauphar), he later took the name Desiderius when he became Abbot of Monte Cassino. He was not eager to be pope and was apparently embarrassed that the cardinals had elected him.

In fact, right after his election he abandoned Rome to return to Monte Cassino, where he was very successful. It was't until the spring of 1087 that he was convinced to return to Rome and be consecrated as Pope Victor III.

His reign was very short, and among his few accomplishments were declarations against lay investiture, the excommunication of Antipope Clement II, and a call for a crusade against Muslims in Africa.

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