Saturday, May 05, 2007

One Hundred Ninety-eighth Pope: Clement VI - 0 comments

Clement was a steady Frenchman, and worked to solidify the French party's gains with the papacy located in Avignon. He purchased the city from Queen Joan, but never got around to delivering the money. As wikipedia puts it, "Clement VI may have deemed that he gave the queen a full equivalent by absolving her from the murder of her husband."

Indeed. His papacy from 1342 to 1352 saw most of the Black Death. He bravely ignored the advice of his physicians and helped with the sick and overseeing burial of the dead. When pogroms erupted agains the Jews (they were accused of being responsible for it), he defended them.


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