Papal States / Papa Hadrianus Quartus (Pope Adrian IV)

Papal States - Papa Hadrianus Quartus (Pope Adrian IV) (4 December 1154 - 1 September 1159)

Pope Adrian IV (Latin: Adrianus IV; born Nicholas Breakspear), also known as Hadrian IV, was Pope from 4 December 1154 to his death in 1159.

Adrian IV is the only Englishman to have occupied the papal throne. As Pope, he crowned Frederick I Barbarossa and successfully removed Arnold of Brescia, who had challenged Papal rule of Rome and become "to all intents and purposes, master of the city".

It is believed that he was born in Bedmond in the parish of Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire and received his early education at the Abbey School, St Albans.

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Papa Hadrianus Quartus (Pope Adrian IV): Details
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From4 December 1154
To1 September 1159
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