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Urban II, Pope
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(Mar 12, 1088 – Jul 29, 1099; Odo of Châtillon-sur-Mame, born c. 1035) studied in Reims with Bruno the Carthusian; he was appointed archdeacon in Reims, prior of Cluny, and cardinal bishop of Ostia. In 1084/1085 he served as papal legate in Germany and was elected pope in 1088 in Terracina. He guided the papacy out of its crisis following the death of Gregory VII and ensured the historic victory of Gregory’s ecclesiastical reforms, which he advanced decisively, although he was una…

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Becker, Alfons, “Urban II, Pope”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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