Germany's King Henry III Removes Popes Gregory VI, Benedict IX, and Sylvester III Hot

Germany's King Henry III Removes Popes Gregory VI, Benedict IX, and Sylvester III

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At the Synod of Sutri, King Henry III of Germany removes Popes Gregory VI, Benedict IX and Sylvester III, naming Bishop Suidger of Bamberg as Pope Clement II in their place. Suidger has been Henry's personal confessor, is a supporter of Henry, and perhaps most importantly, has resources back in Germany that are out of the reach of the Romans.

Currently the papacy is in disarray because three different people claim to be the legitimate pope. Benedict IX and Sylvester III both represent rival factions in the Roman nobility. The third, Gregory VI, claims to have bought the papacy from Benedict IX.

In his first act as Pope Clement II, Suidger will crown King Henry III as Holy Roman Emperor, a title which Henry wanted and why he decided to interfere in the papacy in the first place.

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