Death of Pope Innocent IV

Death of Pope Innocent IV

Pope Innocent IV sends Dominicans and Franciscans out to the Tartars
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Pope Innocent IV dies in Naples at the age of 59. When he was elected in 1243, Innocent inherited significant political troubles with Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, who has so often delayed setting out on crusade that Pope Gregory IX excommunicated him and even went so far as to depose him as king in Germany.

Pope Innocent IV tried to negotiate with Frederick, but those talks failed and Innocent had to flee to Lyons. There he convened a general council that found Frederick guilty of a number of offenses, including heresy, perjury and sacrilege. Frederick simply denied the authority of the pope to pronounce such a declaration, but he died before anything could come of this challenge.

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