Monday, April 23, 2007

One Hundred Seventy-second Pope: Urban III - 0 comments


Urban III, who held the seat from 1185 to 1187, also spent most of his time with Italian politics. His really notable story involves the Crusades, however. Europe was just now sending batches of soldiers to start the Third Crusade, mostly to defend King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem.** When Urban heard about the defeat at the Battle of Hattin, he reportedly died of grief.

*Portrait today by Erika! Not really a blind contour, but I'll bend the rule for a pretty girl.
**Yeah, did you know there were European Kings of Jerusalem? Crazy Crusades.


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