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Pelagius II, Pope
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(pontificate 579–590), of Gothic ancestry. His pontificate was dominated by conflicts with the Lombards, against whom he sought an alliance with the Franks when help from the emperor was not forthcoming. Of his actions, the Liber pontificalis records that he donated his own house for the care of the poor and earned respect for building several churches. He tried in vain to end the schism of Aquileia, a product of the still smoldering Three Chapters Controversy. Relations with the Byzantine church were unproblematic, but became stressed when Pel…

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Holze, Heinrich, “Pelagius II, Pope”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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