November 29, 1268—September 1, 1271

The episcopal palace at Viterbo
The Episcopal Palace at Viterbo, with S. Lorenzo behind


Coins were issued during the Sede Vacante of 1268-1271 by the mint of VIterbo: Ryan, Handbook of Papal Coins, 41, 1-2.  King Charles I of Sicily, who was also Papal Vicar for Tuscany and Senator of Rome, also issued coins:   Berman, 105-109.

American Numismatic Society   1958.122.1  (grosso)



Pope Clement IV (Guy Foulques), because of the hostile conditions in the city of Rome [See E. Jordan, Études d' histoire du Moyen-Age dédiées à Gabriel Monod (Paris 1896), 333-336], resided first in Perugia and then in Viterbo in Tuscany. His finances had been in a perilous state for years. In Epistle 116 (August 1, 1265) he writes to King Charles of Anjou (Gieseler, 122 n. 2; Epistula 52 Thumser p. 35):

Thesaurus apud nos nullus latet, nec nos eum multiplicare proponimus illis modis, quibus multi homines vellent. Vide partes orbis concussas, et scire poteris causas inopiae. Anglia adversatur, Almannia vix oboedit, Francia gemit et queritur, Hispania sibi non sufficit, Italia non subvenit, sed emungit: et unde potest Romanus Pontifex, si Deum timet vel reveretur homines, sibi vel aliis in militia vel pecunia subvenire?

Clement also confessed to King Charles in a letter of September 22, 1266 [Epistles 260 (ed. Thumser); Martene-Durand Thesaurus novus anecdotorum II (Paris 1717), no. 380, p. 407] that he was also constrained by the views of his cardinals (habitis fratrum nostrorum consiliis), whose prudence he defers to in preference to his own opinions:

Crede, fili carissime, jam nobis saepe contingit in hac sede, cui licet immeriti praesidemus, ut habitis fratrum nostrorum consiliis, quamquam contrarium crederemus utilius eorum tamen sententias sequebamur, ubi tale erat negotium, quod sine peccato fieri poterat vel omitti; et movebat nos ista ratio, quia temerarium censebamus tot prudentium judicio sententiam nostri capitis anteferre.

In order to improve his financial situation, his legate in France, Cardinal Simon de Brie (Brion) was actively working to collect the 10% levy owed to the pope by the clergy in France as well as a subsidy for a contemplated crusade in the Holy Land (Epistulae 55, 69, 99, 101, 112,114, 115, 168, 176, 208, 248, etc. Thumser). Clement died in Viterbo on November 29, 1268.  At his request he was buried in the Dominican church, S. Maria di Gradi, though his body was transferred, during the Sede Vacante, to the Cathedral of S. Lorenzo [Pinzi Storia di Viterbo II, pp. 243-249].  The vacancy in the Holy See lasted two years, nine months and two days.  After the Election had taken place, on November 23, 1271, the Cardinals ordered an inquiry into the removal of the Pope's body, and placed Cardinal Guillaume de Bray of S. Marco and Cardinal Uberto of S. Eustachio in charge. The Cardinals ordered the return of the body to the Dominicans.



The Hohenstaufen dynasty of German emperors had finally come to an end: Frederick Augustus died in 1250; his son Conrad IV in 1254, and his bastard Manfred in 1266. In the Fall of 1267 the supporters of Conradin, Frederick's grandson, raised a revolt in Sicily while Conradin marched south; he entered Rome on July 24, 1268, but in August he was forced to flee by King Charles. Conradin was captured at Genoa and executed in Naples on October 29, 1268, a month before the death of Pope Clement. This should have given the popes the chance to begin rebuilding a Guelf party in northern Italy.

But they also had to contend with the ambitions of Louis IX's brother, Charles of Anjou, who entered Rome on May 23, 1265, where he was made Senator and was proclaimed king of Sicily. Pope Clement wrote to King Charles (Epistulae, 121 [ed. M. Thumser]: December 20, 1265) that if he would come to the pope at Viterbo, Clement would crown him himself:

...Ecce nos, sicut sepe iam scripsimus, prompti sumus et fuimus committere alii hoc officium, ne ipsorum offensam incurras, et, licet decentius videretur, quod a nobis coronam reciperes comminus constitutus, non sic sumus honoris avidi, quin malimus tue necessitati consulere quam honorem nobis in hoc negotio cum tuo vel tuorum periculo reservare. Illud ergo pro certo teneas, quod, quicquid tuis instillent auribus, qui sunt tecum, quicquid tibi suggerant, qui nobis-cum, fixa est apud nos ista sententia, quod hoc tempore cum multorum publico preiudicio curiam non turbabimus, nec peccare nos credimus, si ad tempus preferimus orbem Urbi, quamvis eam pre ceteris orbis partibus caritatis sincere brachiis amplectamur. Si ergo veneris, tuus erit nobis et nostris fratribus gratus nimis et iucundus adventus, et tuo capiti coronam regiam imponemus. Quod si tuum adventum impediat vel necessitas vel voluntas, mittere tibi proponimus unum ex episcopis cardinalibus, duos presbyteros et vel unum vel duos diaconos cardinales, et tu alium tecum habes, ut sic celeriter et celebriter coronatio tua fiat. Et, si tibi defuerit impositio manus nostre, cordis appositio numquam deerit Domino concedente, quod applicabimus ex affectu ad ea, que tui respicient commodi vel honoris augmentum....

Charles was crowned, however, in Rome on January 6, 1266. Pope Clement IV, who was unwelcome in his own city, had appointed five cardinals to carry out the coronation ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica: Riccardo Annibaldi, Raoul de Grosparmy, Ancher Pantaleoni, Matteo Orsini, and Goffredo da Alatri (Tomassetti, Bullarium Romanum Turin edition III, pp. 748-763; cf. Clement IV, Epistulae, 135 [ed. M.Thumser]; cf. Sternfeld, 65). According to the terms of the Investiture, Charles was to pay Clement 50,000 ounces of gold, but Charles was in even greater need of money than the Pope.

 In 1269, Charles I made considerable efforts to consolidate the Guelf party in Lombardy in the absence of a pope [Saba Malaspina V. 5-8, Muratori, RIS VIII, cols. 863-865]. A parliament was held at Cremona, which won the cooperation of Piacenza, Cremona, Parma, Modena, Ferrara, and Reggio. However, the Imperialist party was also reorganizing, with allegiance from Milan, Como, Vercelli, Novara, Alessandrina, Tortona, Torino, Pavese, Bergamo, Bologna, and the Marchese of Montferrat.   The cities of Milan, Piacenza and others, however, soon went over to Charles (Muratori, 322-325, from the Chronicle of Piacenza). Pisa and Lucca made peace and joined Charles' side in 1270 (Muratori, 329). Charles and his Angevins made friends, but also many lasting enemies, as the Sicilian Vespers of 1282 testify. There was also the problem of reclaiming the Papal States from civil war, and Rome from the hands of the Roman nobility. The electors in the conclave, therefore, were deeply divided with respect to their loyalties and their expectations for the next reign.

Eodem tempore maxima discordia erat inter cardinales Romae qui erant XVII. Undecim ex ipsis videlicet dominus Richardus de Annibaldis, dominus Octavianus, dominus Ubertus de Coconaria et alii fovebant partem Imperii, alii scilicet dominus Ioannes de Gaytanis, dominus Octobonus de Fisco et alii fovebant partem Karoli et erant in Viterbio ita discordes: una pars volebat pastorem de ultramontanis partibus, scilicet illa Karuli, alia volebat pastorem Ytalicum et imperatorem ut unus in spiritualibus et alius in temporalibus mundum, sicut just postulat, gubernaret. (Annales Placentini Ghibellini, MGH SS XVIII, 533).

The Podestà of Viterbo, from March 1, 1270, was Alberto da Montebuono Aretino [Arezzo] [Pinzi II, p. 268].  Raniero (Rayniero, Renier, René) Gatto, thrice Captain General of the Province of the Patrimony of St. Peter, was again the Captain of the People of Viterbo [died in 1270, between August 22 and September 25: Pinzi II, p. 279 n. 1]. The Gatti were the leading family in Viterbo, having provided a bishop in the previous century, and regularly providing the Captain of the People down into the fifteenth century. The family figures prominently in the Cronaca di Viterbo of Niccolò della Tuccia. Both Alberto and Raniero were followers of King Charles. It was Raniero Gatto who built the Episcopal Palace at Viterbo, also called the Papal Palace, beginning in 1266 (Cristofori, 11). It was in this palace (below) that the longest conclave in papal history would take place.


Papal Palace at Viterbo. 1260''s
The Episcopal Palace in Viterbo


Conclave: Beginning

Pope Clement IV died on 29 November 1268 in Viterbo.  There is no indication of when the Conclave of 1268-1271 began, or what the nature of the opening ceremonies were. On June 6, 1270, according to a notation in the Register of a Notary named Bassus [Pinzi II, p. 272 n. 2], the Chamberlain of the Apostolic See caused to be read in public in the Cathedral of Viterbo, a letter from the Cardinals, in which they instructed the Podestà and Commune of Viterbo not to molest the Cardinals in Conclave (ne molestarent et arctarent Cardinales in conclavi existentes).  This was, in fact, the document that laid the penalty of excommunication on the public officials of Viterbo and the Interdict on the entire commune.   In the same Register, under the date of January 8, 1270 [Pinzi II, p. 267 n. 2], the Podestà of VIterbo at the time, until March 1, Conradus de Abiano, the predecessor of Alberto de Montebuono, is excommunicated quia Cardinales arctavit in palatio.  Much depends upon the exact meaning of arcto (arto), it is obviously the Cardinals' choice of words, as the later document indicates.  Did he "confine" them, or "oppress" them, or "harass" them?  The action was, in any case, sufficiently dramatic as to incur excommunication.  If it is an effort at sequestration, then it is not to Raynerio Gatto that the credit should go for inventing the idea of a Conclave. 

In the Spring of 1270, around Pentecost (June 1, 1270), under the influence of St. Bonaventura (or so the fable goes; cf. Cristofori, p. 351), Raynerio Gatto, the Captain of the People, locked the cardinals into the Episcopal Palace, next to the Cathedral.  The Cardinals certainly protested the effort to circumscribe their actions. The details of the document indicate that the Cardinals were anxious to allow two of their number, Simon of S. Cecilia and Riccardo Annibaldi of S. Angelo, who were ill, to leave the area of their confinement and seek lodging in houses suitable for their ailments.  It appears that there was also a problem with sanitary facilities in the Episcopal Palace—the complete absence thereof.  The cardinals and their attendants had to leave the palace for such purposes, and their way was being impeded.  It was demanded that a door be provided: intra terminum supradictum aperiant ostium, et viam liberam et expeditam dimittant ad eundem tam nobis quam familiaribus n(ost)ris ad requisita nature.   To add insult to inconvenience, the Cardinals and their attendants were being subjected to verbal and physical harassment on their way to the Apostolic stools:  quantum in eis fuit mortis exposuerunt periculis, et super presumptione vie [?] ad locum deputatum ad requisita nature et quam super aliis injuriis et contumeliis verbis, et factis, vel per varios arctationis modos pene importabiles, alias multipliciter irrogatis, n(ost)ris precise mandatis pareant, satisfactionem.   For these and more general reasons, the Cardinals hurled a very extensive set of anathemata against the Podesta, Captain of the People, Officials, Council, and People of Viterbo, visiting upon them both the excommunication and the interdict.  It nonetheless took an additional sixteen months to bring the conclave to an election (Cristofori, 13).

It must be stated that, although the Cardinals had been detained, they were not incommunicado. They continued to receive visitors and to engage in correspondence. During the first half of 1270, for example, King Louis sent two Franciscans to the Cardinals at Viterbo, Eustachio and Lamberto, as his nuntii. They explained that Louis had been in touch with Emperor Manuel Palaeologos both by letters and ambassadors (Martene, 214-217).


Murder of Henry of Cornwall

During the Conclave, on March 13, 1271 (Walter, 22), the ciiy of Viterbo witnessed the murder of Henry of Cornwall, son of Richard of Cornwall and nephew of Henry III of England, by Guido de Montfort, son of Simon de Montfort, in an act of revenge:

Porro Rex Siciliae cum nepote suo rege Francorum .... Remeantes quoque per Campaniam, Cardinales, qui tunc in Viterbio morabantur, una cum Domino Henrico filio Regis Alemanniae, similiter remeante, decreverunt consultum esse et honestum si forte discordantes in electioni futuri Pontificis inducere possent ad electionem concorditer faciendam. Dum autem essent Viterbii, super praedictis mutuo tracturi, Cardinalium votis, iam paene concorditer adunatis, ut eorum adiuti consilio et assensu Romanae Sedis, multo tempore Pastoris solacio viduate, de idoneo praesule providerent; ecce protinus, instigante humani generis inimico Simon de' Monteforti, cum Guidone fratre suo, necnon Comite Rufo, cuius filiam duxerat in uxorem, non sine assensu credi poterit Aymerici fratris eorundem, quodam die satis mane, non modica loricatorum stipatio caterva subito ingredientes ecclesiam quandam civitatis eiusdem ubi Dominus Henricus (Regis) Romanorum primogenitus, eorum ex avunculo cognatus, peractis iam Missarum sollemniis, quas audierat orationi devotus incubebat, evaginatis gladiis inhumaniter irruerunt in ipsum, proditorem, ac potius interfectorum eum, licet mendaciter proclamantes, ut ipse nimirum tam tumultuoso clamore perterritus velociter ab oratione prosiliens cucurrit ad altare, super quod paulo ante Deo Patri Unigenitus Filius Redemptor mundi fuerat immolatus. Sed lictores crudelissimi consanguinitatis foedere violato, spreta loci sacri, ac temporis reverentia, adherentem altari mucronibus confodientes, inflictis vulneribus, letiferis inhumanissime peremerunt, vulnera vulneribus imprimentes, donec spiritum exhalaret. Facta quidem fuit haec inaudita sceleris perpetratio die Veneris, crastino S. Gregorii, videlicet tertio Idus Martii (in) civitati Viterber, in ecclesia Sci. Blasii; praesentibus tunc in eadem civita tota coetu Cardinalium; Rege Siciliae et nepote suo Philippo in Regem Francorum protinus promovendo.... (Thomas Wykes, Chronica, in MGH SS XXVII)

This took place in the Church of S. Sylvester in Viterbo (or the in the Cathedral of S. Lorenzo: Cristofori 59, or, as above, in the Church of S. Biagio), in the presence of the cardinals (who were sequestered in Conclave, whatever that meant), of King Philip III of France, and of King Charles of Sicily. (Cristofori, 6-7, 56). Gregory X himself believed that it had taken place in a parish church, not in the Cathedral (Rymer Foedera II, p. 5). Some sources (among them Giovanni VIllani) give a date of 1270. Charles' itinerary, however, indicates that the date had to be 1271.  From October 13, 1269, he was at either Capua or Naples steadily until he left for Palermo in July, 1270 and from there for Tunis. The sources that speak of "the future King Philip" at Viterbo, therefore, are wrong. They are trying to fix the chronology to suit their viewpoints. The correct date is equally apparent from a letter which Charles sent immediately to Prince Edward, son of King Henry III of England, dated March 13, 1271  [Rymer Foedera I, p. 118].

The Chronicler is certainly right, whether by inference or by certain knowledge, that Charles and Philip had come to Viterbo to put pressure on the Cardinals to settle the matter of the papal succession. He is surely wrong, however, in thinking that the cardinals were on the point of reaching a conclusion, though he may well be right that the murder of Henry of Cornwall complicated matters rather than resolving them. Charles certainly wanted a resolution, by the production of a pope who would sanction his "crusade" against Constantinople rather than one against Jerusalem, and who would reject Manuel VIII's offers of church union. He was to be disappointed.

[Note: According to Paul Durrieu, Étude sur les registres angevines du Roi Charles Ier Tome second (Paris 1888), King Charles' itinerary (pp. 168-176) brought him to Viterbo: in 1268: April 4-30 (He was at Trani when the Pope died); in 1269: not at all; in 1270: not at all; in 1271 on March 10, 12-17, 20-31, and April 1; in 1272: not at all; he is attested at Rome from March 29 to June 4, 1272.]

Possibly in consequence of the murder, possibly because of the long Sede Vacante, King Edward I of England suspended payments on dues owed to the Roman See.  The receipt of eight years of overdue payments, in the amount of 8000 marks sterling, is acknowledged by Pope Nicholas III on February 23, 1278 [Potthast II, 21271]. The charge was 1000 marks per year [Bliss, Calendar of State Papers I, p. 455 (August 1, 1278)].  This was not the "Peter's Pence" [cf. Bliss, p. 447].

Guy de Montfort was handed over by Pope Gregory X to Cardinal Riccardi Annibaldi of S. Angelo in Pescheria and Cardinal Giovanni Gaetano Orsini of S. Nicola in Carcere, to be imprisoned in some castle in the Papal States and to be guarded under the supervision of King Charles of Sicily [Bliss, Calendar of State Papers I, p. 446 (Lyons, November 29, 1273)].


Cardinal Electors

At the time of Clement's death, there were twenty or twenty-one cardinals, though

There were, therefore, nineteen electors present in Viterbo:

  1. Otto (Eudes or Odo of Châteauroux), born in the Diocese of Bourges, former Chancellor of the University of Paris (1238-1244), Cistercian monk and Abbot, Cardinal Bishop of Tusculum (Frascati) (1244-1273), Cardinal Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church. This was his fourth papal election.   † January 25, 1273 in Orvieto. (Cardella, I.2, 267). The Liber Anniversariorum of the Vatican Basilica, however, commemorates him on February 25, 1273 [Pietro Egidi, Necrologi e libri affini della Provincia Romana Volume I (Roma 1908), p. 168 and 286]
  2. Enrico de' Bartholomei ["Hostiensis"], of Susa in Piedmont, Bishop of Sisteron (1244: Gallia Christiana novissima II (1899) 712), Archbishop of Embrun (1250; Gallia Christiana III (1725), p. 1079-1080), Cardinal Bishop of Ostia and Velletri (1262-1271)  He had begun his career in Provence, in the entourage of Count Raymond Berenguer.  He also held benefices from Henry III [Matthew of Paris, Volume IV ed. Luard, pp. 33, 286, 351, 353];  he was prior of Antibes (Enrico priore Antipolitano) by August 19, 1239, and was made the first provost of Antibes (praepositus Antipolitanus) by the Archbishop of Embrun on October 3, 1242; he was granted the right to hold two benefices with the cure of souls by Innocent IV [Bliss, Calendar of Papal Registers relating to Great Britain and Ireland I (1893), p. 202; E. Berger, Registres d' Innocent IV, I (Paris 1884), p. 41 no. 231].  He had a connection to the parish church of Holy Trinity near Winchester in England, as his Will testifies.  In 1244, before May 30, he became Bishop of Sisteron [Albanés, Gallia christiana novissima II (1899) instrumenta no xix, p. 455]. In 1259 he was sent as Papal Legate to northern Italy [Rolandino of Padua, Chronica, in MGH SS 19, 132]. His nephew, Johannes de Seccusia, a Canon of Chartres, was granted a canonry at Embrun by Alexander IV, and the Archbishop is ordered to provide him a prebend immediately [Giraud, Registres d' Urbain IV  III (1904), p. 294, no. 1869 (June 28, 1264)]   In 1268 Cardinal Enrico had been ill, and received a consolatory letter from Pope Clement IV, written at Viterbo on September 14, 1268 [Epistles 541 (ed. Thumser)]. He died at Viterbo, on November 7, 1271, according to the Liber Annualium of S. Spirito in Sasso [Pietro Egidi, Necrologi e libri affini della Provincia Romana Volume I (Roma 1908), p. 158].  He wrote his Last Will and Testament on 29 October 1271 in his room at Viterbo [Denis de Sainte-Marthe, ''Gallia christiana'' Tomus III (Paris 1725), ''Instrumenta'', pp. 180-182].  In his Will he manumitted one Dominicus Butizatus and left him one mark.
  3. Giovanni of Toledo, an Englishman, a Cistercian, Cardinal (May 28, 1244) Priest of S. Lorenzo in Lucina, then Cardinal Bishop of Porto, from December 24, 1261.   † July 13, 1275 (Annales of Furness sub anno 1275, in MGH SS 28, 558; Grauert, 117 n.1, 125, and 127) He had served in the Roman Curia for nearly sixty years. This was his fourth papal election (Cardella, I.2, 269).
  4. Stephen (III), a Hungarian, archbishop of Strigonia (Esztergom), named Cardinal (1252-1271) Bishop of Palestrina by Innocent IV.  On March 28, 1268, he judged a case in favor of the Lateran Basilica [Vincenzo Forcella, Catalogo dei manoscritti relativi alla storia di Roma I (Roma 1879), p. 171, no.537 (Vat. Lat. 8034)].  He died in 1271, He is commemorated on July 10, according to the Liber Annualium of S. Spirito in Sasso [Pietro Egidi, Necrologi e libri affini della Provincia Romana Volume I (Roma 1908), p. 140], which, if it represents the day of his death, must put his death in 1271 rather than in 1270, since he subscribed a document on August 22, 1270 (below).   Salvador Miranda, in his on-line compendium on the Cardinals of the S.R.E. asserts that he died on July 9, 1270 in Rome—incorrectly, both as to date and to place. Hampe, Neues Archiv 23, 614, puts his death on July 9, 1270, but he subscribed a document on August 22, 1270 [Cristofori, Il conclave del MCCLXX in Viterbo (Roma 1888), 343-344].

  5. Simon Mompitié de Brion, Cardinal (December 24,1261-1281) priest of Santa Cecilia, future Pope Martin IV (1281-1285) (Panvinio, 172).  Chancellor of Louis IX of France (1260-1261) [F. Duchesne, Histoire des chanceliers et gardes des sceaux de France (Paris 1680), 234-236].  He had been Clement IV's Apostolic Legate to the Kingdom of France.  On May 23, 1267, he grants him a novam legationem in Francia  [Martène et Durand, Thesaurus novus II, p. 472 no. cccclxxi; Potthast]  Subscriptions to papal bulls indicate that he was back in Viterbo by January 11, 1268 [Potthast II,
  6. Annibaldus Annibaldi della Molara, OP, a Roman, Cardinal (1262-1272) priest of XII Apostolorum. Annibaldo Annibaldi died in 1272, according to the Dominican chroniclers: Antonio Senensi, OP, Chronicon Fratrum Ordinis Praedicatorum (Paris 1585) 114 and 157: "Hoc tempore etiam frater Annibaldus Romanus ex magistro sacri Palatii, per Urbanum Quartum Cardinalis factus, sub titulo 12 Apostol. vir fuit eruditionis eximiae, & vitae probatissimae. Obiit in Vrbe Veteri, anno Domini 1272, et ibi requescit in conventu nostro." He is mentioned as deceased in King Charles of Sicily's oath of fealty to Pope John XXI on October 7, 1276, where he and his uncle negotiated some terms with King Charles which became part of the oath of fealty (Cristofori, 348). 
  7. Ancherius Pantaleoni, nephew of Pope Urban IV, Cardinal (1262) priest of Santa Prassede.   Prebend of Warthill, in the Diocese of York [Bliss, Calendar of Papal Registers  I, p. 442];   † November 1, 1286, according to his memorial inscription in Santa Prassede (P.Fedele, Archivio della Societa romanà di storia patria 27 (1904), 31).
  8. Guilelmus (Guillaume) de Bray (or Brie), diocese of Reims, Cardinal (1262-1282) priest of S. Marco.   Chamberlain of the Sacred College of Cardinals (Sternfeld, 323). † April 29, 1282
  9. Simon Paltanieri, from Monselice near Padua, Cardinal (December 24, 1261-1276?) Priest of S. Silvestro e S. Martino ai Monti. Rector of Spoleto and the Marches of Ancona. [Registres de Clément IV  nos. 9-11 (March 19, 1265); Clemens IV, Epistulae 272 (ed. Thumser), October 16, 1266; Ep. 292 (December 22, 1266);  Potthast 20017 (May 25, 1267)].
  10. Guido di Borgogna (Guy de Bourgogne), Abbot of Cîteaux (1257 or 1258 to May, 1262), Cardinal Priest of San Lorenzo in Lucina (1262), in succession to his fellow Cistercian, Giovanni of Toledo.  He was appointed Apostolic Legate in Denmark, Sweden, Bremen, Magdeburg, Gniezno, and Salzburg on June 8, 1265 [Registres de Clément IV  nos. 91-111]. He was working in Germany and Hungary, but was recalled by Clement IV in a letter of May 8, 1267 [Epistles 324 (ed. Thumser)] and again in late October, 1267 [Epistles 396 (ed. Thumser)].   He celebrated a Council at Vienna on May 10, 1267 and another in Hungary in the same year [A. Kollar, Analecta monumentorum omnis aevi Vindoboniensia I (Vindobonae 1761), pp. 3-28].  Clement wrote to him on October 26/27. 1267, that he was sending a legate to replace him, though travel was being blocked by Conradin; as soon as the legate arrives, he is to return to Viterbo [Registres de Clément IV  no. 1265, p. 415].     † May 20, 1272 [Eubel I, p. 8 no. 11], or 1273.

  11. Ricardus Hannibaldi (Riccardo Annibaldi, uncle of Cardinal Annibaldo) de Molaria, a Roman, nephew of Pope Innocent III.  Cardinal Deacon of Sancti Angeli in Pescheria (1237, or according to his memorial inscription in 1240), died at Lyons in 1274 (according to his memorial inscription in Galletti). Archpriest of the Vatican Basilica (appointed by Innocent IV). Ghibelline. Opponent of the Orsini. This was his sixth papal election.
  12. Octavianus (Ottaviano) Ubaldini, of Florence, Archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Deacon of Sta. Maria in Via Lata (1244-1273)   † March 30, 1273 (Levi, 268 n.2; Fra Salimbene, Cronaca, puts it in March 1272). Strongly Ghibelline in sympathies (Cardella, I.2, 275). This was his fourth papal election. Dante puts him in the Sixth Circle of Hell
  13. Ioannes (Giovanni Gaetano Orsini), Cardinal (1244-1277) Deacon of S. Niccolo in Carcere,  created on Saturday, May 28, 1244 [Demski 8 and n. 2].  Prebendary of York [Potthast 21268], and also of Soissons and Laon [Demski, 9 n. 2].  It was his father, who, as Senator of Rome, locked the Cardinals up in the proto-conclave of 1241.  In the summer of 1244, Giovanni Gaetano was one of five cardinals who fled to Genoa with Pope Innocent IV [Potthast 11459-11460 (September 27-28, 1244); Demski, 9].  He was at Lyon [Potthast 11518 (July 23, 1145)], and was present in June and July for the Ecumenical Council [Potthast 11729 (July 15), 11749 (July 23), 11750 (July 24)].   Strongly Ghibelline. Alexander IV assigned him the tituli of S. Crisogono and S. Maria in Trastevere in commendam on June 22, 1259 [Posse, #166].  He was named General Inquisitor by Urban IV on  November 2, 1262 [Bullarium Franciscanum II, p. 453; Potthast, 18422], the first known Grand Inquisitor [Sägmüller, Die Thätigkeit, p.111].  Future Pope Nicholas III (1277-1280).  Strongly Ghibelline. This was his fourth papal election. An affinis of Count Pandolfo of Anguillara [Clemens IV Epistulae 279 [ed. Thumser] (Viterbo, November 3, 1266)]
  14. Ottobonus (Ottobono, Ottoboni) Fieschi, of Genoa, Cardinal (1251-1276) deacon of S. Adriano, Archpriest of S. Maria Maggiore (Basliica Liberiana); nephew of Innocent IV and future Pope Adrian V (1276). Strongly Guelf, in opposition to the Doria and Spinola. Acceptable to King Charles. This was his fourth papal election. He had been in England as Legate from 1265 until July 5, 1268; see thirty-six of his letters in Rose Graham, "Letters of Cardinal Ottoboni," English Historical Review 15 (1900) 87-120.  He was appointed on May 4, 1265 [Registres de Clément IV  nos. 41-78; and cf. nos. 115-122].    He set out for England in mid-July of 1265, , as a letter of Clement IV indicates [Ep. 44 ed. Thumser].  But Pope Clement had word of his intended return journey on July 22, 1268, and orders him to change his itinerary so that he is able to visit King Alfonso X of Castile and Aragon in Spain to arouse his crusading spirit [Epistles 518 (ed. Thumser); Potthast 20400]; this suggests that Cardinal Ottobono was still in England. The Annales Wyntoniae (Annales Monastici II, p. 107 ed. Luard), in contrast to Graham's dating, suggests that the Legate did not leave England until after the news of the death of Clement IV on November 23, 1268, was received.  One of his subordinates in the Legation was Benedetto Caetani, the future Pope Boniface VIII.
  15. Godefridus (Geoffroy, Goffredo da Alatri in Lazio), Cardinal (December 24, 1261-1287) Deacon of S. Giorgio in Velabro.   On May 6, 1265, he adjudicated a dispute concerning a priest of S. Lorenzo in Florence [Registres de Clément IV, no. 1596].  He was present at a Consistory at Perugia on May 21, 1265 [Registres de Clément IV, no. 141]. He subscribed a bull on June 16, 1265 [Registres de Clément IV, no. 1706], and another on July 7, 1265 [Registres de Clément IV, no. 1750], and again on August 1, 1265 [Registres de Clément IV, no. 1769].  In 1267, he presided over the swearing of the peace between the Guelfs and the Ghibellines of Siena [Registres de Clément IV, no. 472 (Viterbo, May 30, 1267)]   †1287.
  16. Hubertus (Uberto de Coconato), a Lombard or Piedmontese. Chaplain of Alexander IV. Cardinal (December 24,1261-1276) Deacon of S. Eustachius † 1276. Ghibelline.
  17. Iacobus (Giacomo Savelli), Cardinal (December 24,1261-1285), grandnephew of Honorius III. Deacon of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, future Pope Honorius IV (1285-1287)
  18. Giordano Pironti dei Conti di Terracina, Cardinal (1262-1269) Deacon of SS Cosma e Damiano, Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church. He was Rector of the Roman Campania [Saba Malespina IV. 15, in Muratori RIS VIII, col. 851]. On November 6, 1268, he was asked by Pope Clement to settle a dispute between the Bishop of Anagni and Raynaldus Rubeus [Epistles 555 (ed. Thumser);  Potthast 20496].   On September 9, 1269, he added a codicil to his Will, in favor of his brother and nephews [Archivio della Società romana di storia patria 18 (1895), no. cxvii, p. 309].   † October, 1269, during the Sede Vacante (cf. Cristofori, Conclave 15 n. 1, for a date of November 7, 1270)
  19. Matteo Rosso Orsini, nephew of Giovanni Gaetano Orsini (Nicholas III).  Cardinal Deacon of Santa Maria in Portico (1262-1305)   †1305.  Apostolic Legate and Rector of the Patrimony of S. Peter in Tuscia [Registres de Clément IV  I, no. 727 p. 282 (April 20, 1265); Clemens IV Epistulae 51 [ed. Thumser] (Perugia, July 31, 1265)]. An affinis of Count Pandolfo of Anguillara [Clemens IV Epistulae 279 [ed. Thumser] (Viterbo, November 3, 1266)].  In November, 1267, Henricus, brother of King Alfonso of Castile, had shown himself openly as a supporter of Conradin, and had arrested numerous nobles who were relatives of Cardinal Mattheo and Cardinal Giovanni Orsini, Cardinal Riccardo Annibaldi, and Cardinal Giacomo Savelli   [Registres de Clément IV  I, no. 1275 (November 16, 1267)]. On May 17, 1268, Cardinal Matteo Orsini was apparently in Rome, since Clement IV issued orders to Henricus, brother of the King of Castile, who was Senator of Rome, to cease molesting Cardinal Mattheo and Cardinal Giovanni Orsini [Registres de Clément IV  I, no. 700, p. 265].

The Sedis Apostolicae Camerarius in succession to Cardinal Otho, Bishop of Tusculum, was Peter, who was elected Archbishop of Narbonne in 1272  [Pinzi II, p. 244 n.2, from a bull of Gregory X, dated July 31, 1274; see also p. 250, a report of two cardinals of a hearing on November 23, 1271, in which Petrus Apost. Sedis Camerarius et Notarius was present].


Cardinal Enrico of Ostia

Of Cardinal Enrico de' Bartolommei, the celebrated canonist known as "(H)Ostiensis", it is said, "Being in the conclave after the death of Clemens IV., he became sick by mere ennui, and renounced his right of election; but having left the place, he became better (H. Rose, A New General Biographical Dictionary [1857] 274, on the authority of Ciacconio, Vitae Pontiff et Cardin. See Cartwright, 19).  The date of his departure was June 8, 1270, according to a document in the Archives of Viterbo (Ceccaroni, 3; Cristofori, 21 n. 5), and it was with the permission of seventeen cardinals.

Nos miseratione divina ep(iscop)i, p(res)b(yte)ri, et diaconi Sacros(an)c(ta)e Roman(a)e eccl(es)i(a)e card(ina)les infirmitatem venerabilis fr(atr)is n(ost)ri H(enrici) Ostiensis et Velletren(sis) Ep(iscop)i, fraterno compatientes affectu, Vobis Alberto de Monte Bono Potestati, et Raynerio Gatto, quo pro Capitaneo Viterbiensium te geris, et Communi Viterbiensi tenore presentium, sub debito fidelitatis, quo nobis, et Ecclesi(a)e Roman(a)e tenemini, districte precipiendo mandamus quatenus cum idem Ep(iscop)us iuri et voci, sibi competentibus in electione Romani Pont(ificis), renunciaverit coram nobis, quantum ad presentem vacationem dumtaxat, volens ut, non obstante eius absentia; sine ipso hac vice libere procedamus ad providendum Roman(a)e Eccl(es)i(a)e, de Pastore ratam habiturus et gratam, electionem, seu provisionem, quam de Romano Pontifice, absque ipso et eius requisitione, duxerimus faciendam, ac instanter petierit vobis mandari ut de Palatio in quo sumus inclusi, ipsum permicteretis exiere eundem Ep(iscop)um de ipso palatio statim egredi libere permictatis, nec ipsum de cetero aliquatenus detineatis invitum. Datum Viterbii in Palatio discooperto Ep(iscop)atus Viterbien, VI id(ibus) Iun(iis) ann(o) D(omi)ni MCCLXX, Ap(osto)lica sede vacante.

The cardinals are apparently very unhappy about the possible ramifications of going forward with the electoral process without the presence of the Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church and senior Cardinal Bishop of the Sacred College, and so they exact from him a specific renunciation of his right to speak and vote, so that they can continue in his absence. But there is also a document from the Vatican Archives, in which the citizens of Viterbo, led by their Podestà and Captain, are required to swear to respect the Conclave and not molest the entourages or property of the cardinals. The document is dated August 22, 1270 (Cristofori, 343-344, from Felice Contelori (†1644), Felicis Contelorii Collectanea de Romanis Potificibus, et S. R. E. Cardinalibus Volume II, 53-56), and Cardinal Enrico of Ostia was present:

Anno D(omi)ni MCCLXX, XI Kalendas Septembris [August 22, 1270], indictione XIII, Sede Romana vacante.
Per p(raese)ns publicum instrumentum appareant universis quod R(everendissi)mus P(ate)r O(tho) E(pisco)pus Tusculanus S(anctae) R(omanae) E(cclesiae) Camerarius ex parte sua et totius collegii R(everendissi)morum P(atr)rum d(omi)norum Card(ina)lium, videlicet:
S(tephani) Prenestini
I(ohannis) Portuen(sis)
H(enrici) Ostien(sis), E(pisco)porum
S(imonis) S(an)c(t)i Martini
A(ncheri) S(an)c(ta)e Praxedis
G(uidi) Sci Laurentis in Lucina
G(uilelmi) Sci Marci
Simonis Sce. Cecilie et Annibaldi Basilice XII Ap(ostol)orum, P(resbyter)orum
O(ctaviani) Sce Marie in Via Lata
Ioh(ann)is. Sci. Nicolai in Carcere Tulliano
O(ctoboni) Sci. Adriani
I(acobi) Sce. Marie in Cosmedin
G(odefridi) Sci. Georgii ad Velum Aureum
V(berti) Sci Eustachii
M(athei) Sce. Marie in Porticu, Diaconorum Cardi(na)lium
apud Viterbium in consistorio majori Palatii congregato, ac etiam ex parte Rmi. Pris. dni. Ricardi Sci. Angeli Diaconi Card(ina)lis in dicto consistorio non existentis, precise et espresse mandavit d(omi)no Alberto de Montebono Potestati et Raynerio qm Raynerii Gatti Cap(ita)neo Civitatis Viterbien(sis) p(raese)ntibus, et astantibus coram ipsis d(omi)nis Cardinalibus, sub debito fidelitatis....

de mandato d(omi)norum Card(ina)lium coram ven(erabi)li viro d(omi)no Petro de Montebono Ap(osto)lice Sedis Camerario et notario praestiterunt, a coartatione nuper facta per eosdem Potestatem, Cap(ita)neum, consilium et Co(mmun)e civitatis Viterbii in personas dictorum Card(ina)lium in dicto Papatio desistant....

This document appears to indicate that Enrico, Bishop of Ostia, is still participating in the activities of the Cardinals in Conclave on August 22, in other words, that he returned to the Conclave. He did not leave the conclave permanently on June 10, 1270. Nonetheless, he did not participate in the electoral compact of September 1, 1271, that instituted the compromise committee. It should also be noted that the Hungarian Cardinal Stephen, Bishop of Palestrina, is still alive on August 22, 1270, and participating, despite notices of his earlier death [See, e.g., J. Maubach, Die Kardinäle und ihre Politik um die Mitte des XIII. Jahrhunderts (Bonn 1902), p. 39; following Von Hampe, Neues Archiv 23, 614, who puts his death on July 9, 1270]. He does not, however, participate in the creation of the compromise committee in September, 1271. The reason for the absence of Riccardo Annibaldi on this occasion is unknown, though it may be recalled that he was one of the two cardinals who sought to leave the Conclave on June 6, 1270 because of illness.

On October 25, 1270, Cardinal John of Toledo, Bishop of Porto and Santa Rufina, conducted an admission of nuns into the community he had founded at the Monastery of Santa Maria de Paradiso in Viterbo. The document attesting to the admissions indcates that Cardinal John was existens in palatio episcopali Viterbensi, una cum aliis dominis Cardinalibus s(an)c(ta)e Romanae Ecclesi(a)e, pro substituendo Romano Pontifice.   Also present was the papal Notary Fratellus, who drew up the document, as well as a bishop, the provisor of the monastery, a cleric of the bishop, and Lord Visconte, son of Raynerio Gatto (Cristofori, Tombe 422). The cardinals may have been confined, but they certainly were not isolated.  The use of the word 'conclave' has to be carefully circumscribed.


Conclave myths

It is said, on the authority of Bartholomew of Pisa (Conformitates, I. 8. 2—written ca. 1385, more than a century after the events), that Saint Bonaventura, General of the Franciscans, who had come to Italy from Paris in 1271 to attend a General Chapter of his Order, visited the Cardinals at Viterbo and harangued them on the urgency of electing a pope. That may be true. The cardinals so appreciated his reputation that they empowered him to nominate himself or any other to the Papal See, promising at the same time to ratify his selection. (cf. Cristofori, 13 n. 1; 16, n.2).  That is certainly false.  It is he who was said to have nominated Theobald of Piacenza.  Bonaventure's biographer, Fr. Laurence Costelloe, OFM (1902), remarks that  "This incident must be regarded as quite authentic, for reference is made to it in the process of our saint's canonization (p. 87)"—profound thinking perhaps, but not sound historical reasoning. Cardella (p. 4) notes the incredulity of many writers (and see Ceccaroni, 2-3). The story makes nonsense of the assertion that the cardinals were locked up in conclave, and ignores several canonical rules as to who was entitled to be present and who was entitled to vote. Bonaventura was not entitled to be present at a scrutiny, and he was not entitled to name a candidate.  The Cardinals were not empowered to alter the Constitution of Alexander III, which governed the Conclave, and required a two-thirds affirmative vote of the Cardinals for a valid election; nor that of Nicholas II, which had given the lead in elections to the Cardinal Bishops.  The story of S. Bonaventura is hagiography, not history. Monastic chronicles and biographies are full of anecdotes about "the great refusal".   One may also note that S. Bonaventura is given credit for giving Rainerius Gatto the idea of locking the Cardinals up.   But that event happened in June of 1270, not 1271 when Bonaventura was in Italy, and therefore Bonaventura's part appears to be an unsupportable anachronism. In any case we are assured by Cristofori (p. 339 n. 2) that the saintly doctor could not have participated in any violence against the Cardinals and thus could not have inspired Gatto's actions.  What incredible nonsense.

A similar story is told about this same conclave of 1268-1270 and St. Philip Benizi, the General of the Servites, direct competitors of the Franciscans. (Moroni 24, 295; Montor, 30; Cristofori, 10 n., 15; Cardella, 1.2, 283-284)  He was so impressive to the Cardinals that they actually elected him pope, and sent Cardinal Ottobono Fieschi, the Cardinal Protector of the Servites (and perhaps a second cardinal) to offer him the papal crown ["Legenda Beati Philippi", in Monumenta Ordinis Servorum Sanactae Mariae II.(Bruxelles 1898), p. 75; cf. "Ystoria del Beato Filippo da Fiorenza", ibidem, p. 100]:

Pervenit autem fama ad aures populorum, necnon per totam Curiam Romanam apertissime resonabat. Et a quibusdam cardinalibus Ecclesiae Sanctae Matris, Apostolica Sede vacante, ipsum dignum pontificatus officio exclamabant. Inter quos fuit venerabilis pater Octavianus de Ubaldinis venerabilis cardinalis atque reverendissimus [ - - ]. Cardinales audientes huius leprosi continuam sanitatem aliaque plurima miracula facta meritis beati Philippi, in unam vocem exarserunt, virum hunc pontificatus offitio dignissimum suadendo...

However, when Saint Philip heard what the cardinal(s) had in mind, he fled to the mountains and avoided their call to office, according to the Servite Filippo Ferrari:.

Dum Viterbii Cardinales Clemente IV. P.M. vite functo de successore eligendo dissiderent, nonnullis Philippum proponentibus illa re cognita clam inde recedens (quod maximae humilitatis argumentum fuit) apud Montem Tuniatum delituit          

This too is hagiography, not history. It hardly conforms to the rest of the information we have about the complete stalemate in the conclave that eventually required a selection by compromise. Additionally, the newer mendicant orders were not looked upon with favor by some in the Curia, and it is unlikely that the General of the Servites would appeal to them. In 1274, the Second Council of Lyons ordered the suppression of all religious orders which had not yet received papal approval, including the Servites, and in 1276 Pope Innocent V (Pierre of Tarantaise, OP) sent a letter to Philip Benizi ordering the suppression of his order.

In addition, there is a tale to the effect that Cardinal Vicedomino de' Vicedomini, a Franciscan tertiary, was elected pope and died on the same day, September 6, 1276—another fiction, made the more remarkable when one notes that the pope who actually was elected by the Cardinals, on September 8, John XXI (Peter Julian of Lisbon) was remarked to be unfriendly to the religious orders (Cristofori, Tombe, 185-203).

It might also be noted that a few years later a Dominican, Fra Giovanni da Vercelli, OP, the sixth Master General of the Order of Preachers, was allegedly elected pope in 1283 but died before he received notification (Mortier, II 37 n.1, quoting unpublished material from the Archives of the Dominican Order):

dum esset ultra montes, electus est in Papam a D(omi)nis Cardinalibus; sed antequam electio ei fuisset presentata, apud Montempessulanum diem clausit supremum, anno Domini 1283 (Jacques de Soest)

There was no election in 1283, however; Pope Martin IV (Simon de Brie) was in the middle of his reign (1281-1285). Efforts to repair the date, making it read 1280, must fail. There actually was a General Chapter of the Order of Preachers in 1283 at Montepulciano; the meeting place for the next Chapter was fixed for Bologna, but the Acta Capitulorum Generalium (Reichert, 226) has the following note:

Isto anno, scilicet .mo.cco.lxxxiiiio [1284], non fuit celebratum generale capitulum, quia magister ordinis felicis ac dulcis memorie venerabilis pater frater Johannes de Uerzellis, verus Israelita, migravit ad dominum Ihesum Christum in conventu Montispessulani. Vir fuit magne perfectionis atque sanctitatis, et rexit ordinem per magnum tempus, scilicet per decem et novem annos et dimidium in magna sanctitate.

Despite efforts to repair the date, then, and to suggest that Giovanni da Vercelli was the recipient of votes in 1280, but not elected, the story must be considered a complete fiction. Though it is reported in Volume 13 of Cardinal Baronius' Annales Ecclesiastici, edited by Abraham Bzovius, who was a member of the Order of Preachers (sub anno 1281, no. 1, column 918), it is rejected by Cristofori (Tombe, 191); by Novaes IV 3 note c; and by all responsible authors. It is a Dominican monastic fantasy.

Another version of the same story can be found in the Brevis historia Ordinis Praedicatorum [sub anno 1281, in Martène-Durand, Veterum scriptorum et monumentorum amplissima collectio VI (Paris 1729), p. 369]:

Anno MCCLXXXI electus est in papam Martinus IV.  Ante istum Martinum reor magistrum Johannem Vercellensem magistrum ordinis nostri sextum fuisse electum in papam.

This story puts the election in 1281, not in 1283,  but the word  reor  says so very much about what even the Chronicler was prepared to accept.


There is another story, retailed in a monastic life of Cardinal Conrad von Urach, O.Cist., once Abbot of Villers and Abbot General of the Cistercians (1217-1219), which the writer claims he heard what Cardinal Conrad himself had said (or does he mean that he had heard that Conrad had said?):

Eo tempore mortuo domno papa, cardinales consentire non valentes in electionem, compromiserunt in duos cardinales, et in hunc reverendum patrem; ipse electus ab hiis duobus, "absit," inquit, "quod dicatur quod ego elegerim me in papam", et sic alius electus est. Cum autem morti appropinquaret hic homo Dei, audi(i) quid dixerit. 

The Cardinals were not able to agree on an election (Sede Vacante of 1227). They therefore entered into a compomise, granting the power to elect to two cardinals and Cardinal Conrad von Urach. He was elected by the other two, but he refused the election. And so someone else was elected. The monk-author tells another story he heard from Abbot William of Villers that Cardinal von Urach was able to light candles by pointing at them. This is hagiography, not biography, and certainly not history. The story of Conrad von Urach's election to the Papacy, and his Great Refusal, is obviously incompatible with what is known from official sources, and must be rejected. The someone else who was elected was Ugo dei Conti di Segni (Gregory IX), whose electoral manifesto puts a lie to the Cistercian fantasy of an election by compromise.

None of these 'popes' appears in any official list of the Bishops of Rome.


The Compromise

When the cardinals, fifteen of them (the Bishops Stephen, Enrico and, John were not present), could not come to an agreement, they appointed a committee of six cardinals to make the choice ( 'by compromise' ). The Annales Placentini give the names, but with Ottobono Fieschi instead of Giacomo Savelli):

  • Simon Paltanieri, of S. Martino ai Monti
  • Guido of S. Lorenzo in Lucina
  • Ricardus of S. Angeli
  • Octavianus of S. Maria in Via Lata
  • John of S. Niccolo in Carcere
  • Jacopo of S. Maria in Cosmedin


The electoral compact, made on September 1, 1271, was as follows (Cristofori, Le tombe 208-209):

In nomine S(an)c(ta)e et individuae trinitatis patris et filii et spiritus s(an)c(t)i amen. Anno incarnationis dominic(a)e mille CCLXXI mense Septembri, die prima mensis eiusdem. Nos miseratione divina Otho Tusculanus ep(iscopu)s, Simon Sci Martini, Ancherus Sce Praxedis, Guillelmus Sci Marci, Guido Sci Laurentii in Lucina, Symon Sce Cecilie, Anibaldus Basilice duodecim Ap(osto)lorum, p(res)b(yte)r(i), Ricardus sci Angeli, Octavianus sce Marie in Via Lata, Joannes Sci nicholai in carcere tulliano, Octobonus Sci adriani, Jacobus Sce Mariae in Cosmydin, Gottifredus Sci Georgii ad velum aureum, Vbertus Sci Eustachii, et Matheuis Sce Marie in Porticu diaconi Cardinales, Apostolica Sede per obitum fel(icis) rec(ordationis) d(omi)ni C(lementis) pp IIII vacante, in communi consistorio, solito more convenimus de electione summi pontificis tracturi. Cumque omnes et singule consentiremus per viam procedere compromissi, nos pr(a)edicti O. Tusculanus eps, Ancherus Sce Praxedis, Guillelmus Sci Marchi, Simon Sce Cecelie, Anibaldus Basilicae duodecim Apostolorum pbri, Octobonus Sci Adriani, Gottifredus Sci Georgii ad velum aureum, V(bertus) Sci Eustachii et Matheus Sce Mariae in Porticu, diaconi Cardinales, dno Johanne Portuen ep(iscop)o tunc absente a dicto consistorio et infra papale palatium in sua camera constituto, requisito et expresse consentiente, in venerabiles patres profatos dominos Symonem Sci Martini, Guidonem Sci Laurentii in Lucina P(res)b(yte)ros, Ricardum Sci Angeli, Octavianum Sce Mariae in via lata, Joannem Sci Nicholi in Carcere Tulliano, et Jacobum Sce marie in cosmydin Diaconos Cardinales, consentimus et eos compromissarios eligentes ipsi volentibus, et expresse consentientibus, ac compromissum hujusmodi et formam acceptantibus infrascripta contulimus, concordi voto et unanimi consensu, omnes et singuli potestatem providendi sacrosanctae Romanae et universalis ecclesiae de pastore in forma subscripta videlicet, ut quinque ex eisdem sex comprimissariis de sexto ex ipsis sex, vel omnes ipsi sex de aliquo alio de collegio d(omi)norum Cardinalium, seu etiam extra ipsum collegium, in pontificem et pastorem ipsius ecclesi(a)e concorditer providerent. Ad hoc faciendum ipsis pr(a)efata prima die septembris et sequenti concessis. Dicti vero compromissarii singuli, singulariter, et omnes com(m)uniter consentientes ut pr(a)emictitur, huiusmodi compromisso ipsum et potestatem in pr(a)escripta forma concessam, eisdem benigne ac humiliter susceperunt. Actum Viterbii in dicto consistorio, anno, mense, ac die pr(a)edictis.

Ego O. Tusculanus eps in praedictos compromissarios consensi, eos elegi, et ipsis per me potestatem contuli providendi sacrosanctae Roman(a)e ac universali ecclesi(a)e de pastore, in forma pr(a)escripta.

Et sic scribant singuli qui compromiserunt.

Ut autem huic compromisso fides plenius habeatur, ipsum sigillorum nostrorum munimine fecimus communiri.

Cardinal John of Toledo, who was not in the consistory hall when the compact was made, but in his own room infra papale palatium, was asked for his consent, which he gave. Cardinal Stephen, Bishop of Praeneste, is not mentioned. The terms of the compact require the six Compromissarii to agree on one of their number unanimously, or else to choose somebody outside the Sacred College entirely. This apparently precludes them from choosing one of the other cardinals outside the Compromissarii, which indicates that these six were the only six that the whole group of cardinals might consider acceptable as pope, but only if the committee could agree unanimously on one of their own number. Evidently, they could not.

On September 1, 1271, the same day as the compact, the choice of the Compromissarii fell on Tedaldo (Teobaldo) Visconti, the Archdeacon of Liège, who was at Acre in the Holy Land on crusade, a choice which was approved by the other cardinals. The committee report is as follows (Cristofori, Le tombe, 209):

...dicta prima die septembris, ex collata nobis potestate, iuxta formam nobis traditam procedentes, convenimus et concorditer consensimus, vice nostra ac eiusdem collegii, in venerabilem patrem d(omi)num Theodaldum Placentinum, Archidiaconum Leodiensem, seu in ecclesia Leodiensi, ipsum in Romanum pontificem nominantes, ac etiam assumentes, et pr(a)efato domino Symoni nos reliqui quinque compromissarii dedimus potestatem ut eundem d(omi)num T(thedaldum) vice sua et nostra, nec non et totius pr(a)efati collegii, eligeret in ipsius Roman(a)e ac universalis ecclesi(a)e pontificem et pastorem. Et nos pr(a)efatus Simon ipsum evestigio per haec verba.

Ego Symon Sci Martini Pbr Card(inalis) ad honorem d(omi)ni nri Jesu Xristi beatissim(a)e matris eius, s(anct)orum, ap(osto)lorum Petri et Pauli, et omnium s(an)c(t)orum nec non et sancrosanct(a)e ecclesi(a)e memorat(a)e, eligo venerabilem patrem d(omi)num Theodaldum Placentinum Archidiaconum Leodiensem, seu in ecclesia Leodinensi, in Romanum pontificem et pastorem.

Enrico, Bishop of Ostia was indeed not present when the electoral compact was made, but when the election was accomplished, the Cardinals summoned him, asked for, and received his consent to the election (Cristofori, Le tombe, 212):

Ceterum venerabilem patrem d(omi)num H(enricum) Ostiensem episcopum, post h(a)ec ad idem consistorium convocantes, communicavimus ei omnia supradicta, qui ea omnia et singula grata gratanter acceptans, memoratum d(omi)num T(heodaldum) in Romanum pontificem et pastorem humiliter et devote recepit.

The Cardinals immediately wrote to the Bishop-elect, announcing their unanimous agreement to the compromise choice [Baronius-Theiner 22, sub anno 1271, no 15, pp. 260-261; Campi, pp. 409-410]:

Sanctissimo Patri, et Domino Reverendo Domino Thealdo Archidiacono in ecclesia Leodiensi divina providentia in Romanum et summum electum pontificem, miseratione divina Episcopi, Presbyteri, et Diaconi Sacrosanctae Romanae Ecclesiae pedum oscula beatorum....

... quia piae recor. D. Clemente Papa IV, dudum de hac luce finibili ad infinibilem evocato (sicut de Redemptoris nostri confidimus pietate) ac ipsius corpore tumulato, Nos missarum solemniis, sicut moris est ad honorem Sancti Spiritus devotissime celebratis, in unum convenimus ad habendum de summi pontificis substitutione tractatum.  Quo frequenter habito, et circa tanti profunditatem negotii, cui simile in homanis actibus non cernitur inveniri, diffusi temporis spatio interjecto, ac desideriis eligentium permittente, Domino in diversa divisis; tandem divina propitiante clementia vota nostra in venerabilem personam vestram unanimiter et concorditer dirigentes vos per compromissi viam elegimus in Romanum Summum Pontificem, consueto laudis divinae cantico, fidelium astante multitudine decantato....

... Venerabiles ac providos et discretos viros latores praesentium nostros quidem speciales nuncios cum decreto electionis canonicae de vobis concorditer celebratae ad praesentiam vestram duximus destinandos supplici precum petentes instantia, et per Dei misericordiam obsecrantes, quatenus in virtute illius, qui super pennas ventorum ambulat, et in momento cuncta perficit; prout suae sanctissimae voluntatis existit; et cessantibus quibuscunque diffugiis, vos accingatis ad iter adeundi Sedem Apostolicam sub anxietate multa spiritus constitutam, quousque de clementissima virtute Altissimi sibi proveniat vestram desiderabilem faciem intueri.... Istis etenim nostrae devotionis eloquiis cum affectu paterno clementer auditis virtute paracliti festinare nos vestros videre fratres et filios, et consolari corda gementium, quibus in visione vestri vultus Angelici quasi dabitur vidisse delicias Paradisi...


Teobaldo was an Italian, born in Piacenza, nephew of Otto Visconti, the Archbishop of Milan. He had worked previously with Cardinal Jacobus of Palestrina (Giacomo Pecorario), who was also from Piacenza, to organize the first Council of Lyons in June, 1245.  He was a Canon of the Cathedral of Lyons for many years [O. Posse, Analecta Vaticana no. 837 (April 22, 1275); Campi, Dell' historia ecclesiastica di Piacenza  II, p. 458, no. 188 (Lyon, November 11, 1274)]. Twenty years later he had been a member of Cardinal Ottobono Fieschi's mission to England (1265) to restore Henry III.  There he became a familiar of the future Edward I, with whom he went on crusade. His nephew, Vicedomino de' Vicedomini, a native of Piacenza, Archbishop of Aix, had been a follower and advisor of King Charles I ever since he came into Italy.  The Pope-Elect arrived in Viterbo in early February, 1272, where he assumed the papal mantle.  In 1274, at the Council of Vienne, Gregory X ordered a revision in the Roman Ordo [Mabillon, Museum Italicum II, p. 221 ff].  The opening of the text obviously recalls Teobaldo Visconti's arrival at Viterbo:

Siquidem in primis Romana ecclesia Pastore vacante, ille qui fuerit concorditer ab omnibus cardinalibus, vel a duabus partibus electus in Papam, ab universali ecclesia Romanus Pontifex habeatur. qui si fuerit absens, vel de collegio cardinalium non fuerit, ad locum, in quo cardinales sunt, in consistorio venire debet vocatus; et ipse coelectionis de se facit consensum praesente. Prior diaconorum exuit eum cappam seu chlamydem qua utitur, et ponit ei, si non habet, albam Romanam, camisiam, et orarium ad modum presbyteri super humeros, si est presbyter'; vel super laevam partem, si est diaconus, et non in presbyterii ordine constitutus; et postea ponit ei mantum, et dicit, Investio te de Papatu Romano, ut praesis urbi et orbi; et tradit ei etiam anulum, quo uti consueverunt praedecessores ipsius, et ei mitram competentem ipsi super caput imponit, et petens ab eo, quo nomine vocari velit, et ipsum eo nomine quo ei placuerit vocabunt.... Quibus expeditis, cruce praeeunte papali processionaliter ducitur a cardinalibus et a tota curia ad cathedralem, vel aliam majorem ecclesiam loci, in qua est curia, si locus in quo eligitur civitas non existit.


From Viterbo he wrote as Episcopus Electus to his Franciscan colleague, Odo Rigaldi, OMin., Archbishop of Rouen, on March 4, 1272  [Bullarium Franciscanum 3, pp. 173-174], and on the same day to the officials of the Knights Templars in Jerusalem [Campi, p. 413]. On March 5, also from Viterbo, he wrote a circular letter in favor of the Archbishop of Corinth [Campi, 413-414].  It was on or after March 5, therefore that Teobaldo departed Viterbo on the road for Rome.

Theobaldus was ordained priest and consecrated bishop in Rome, according to the Chronicon de rebus in Italia gestis (p. 337) and the Annales Placentini Ghibbelini (MGH SS XVIII 554):

die primo mensis januarii applicuit dominus papa in Branditio, deinde Viterbum et vocatus est nomen ejus Gregorius decimus et die dominico XIII mensis marcii cum tota curia intravit Romam et die sabbati sequenti factus est presbyter et die dominica sequenti in civitatem Roman coronatus cecinit et cellebravit missam.

On March 13, he entered Rome with the entire curia, and was ordained on March 19. He was consecrated a bishop at St. Peter's Basilica on March 27, 1272, by Cardinal John of Toledo (three other cardinal-bishops having died between 1270 and 1271).  He was then crowned as Pope Gregory X by Cardinal Giovanni Gaetano Orsini. Gregory IX had wanted this office performed by the Cardinal Protodeacon, and thus it was that Riccardo Annibaldi crowned Pope Clement IV in 1265.  But on this occasion the custom was not followed; otherwise Riccardo Annibaldi would again have performed the ceremony [Cardella I.2, 257-258].  On the same day Pope Gregory took possession of the Lateran Basilica and was enthroned there [Novaes, 251].

His electoral manifesto, Gloria in altissimis, dated March 29, 1272, addressed to King Henry III of England, survives.  It contains nothing of interest [Rymer Foedera I. 2 (Den Haag 1745), p. 121].  Two days later, however, Gregory sent Henry a letter, inviting him to a general council to be held on the subject of the Holy Land, beginning on May 1, 1274 [Rymer Foedera I. 2, pp. 121-122].  King Henry had assumed the cross on April 16, 1271, but he would not meet Pope Gregory at the Council of Lyon.


Chronicon Placentinum et Chronicon de rebus in Italia gestis (edited by J.L.A. Huillard-Bréholles and (Paris: Plon 1856). Clemens IV Epistolae et Dictamina (edited by Matthias Thumser, August 5, 2007, *pdf format) [retrieved November 21, 2008]. Thomas Wykes: Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores: Annales Monastici IV (ed. H. R. Luard) (London 1869) 240-242.

Augustinus Theiner (Editor), Caesaris S. R. E. Cardinalis Baronii, Od. Raynaldi et Jac. Laderchii Annales Ecclesiastici   Tomus Vigesimus Secundus 1257-1285 (Barri-Ducis: Ludovicus Guerin 1870) [Baronius-Theiner

Panvinio,. Onuphrio, Epitome Pontificum Romanorum a S. Petro usque ad Paulum IIII. Gestorum (videlicet) electionisque singulorum & Conclavium compendiaria narratio (Venice: Jacob Strada 1557). Lorenzo Cardella, Memorie storiche de' cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa Tomo primo (Roma: Pagliarini 1793).  Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Annali d' Italia Volume 18 (Firenze 1827).  F. Cristofori, Le tombe dei pape in Viterbo (Siena 1887). Edmond Martine and Ursin Durand, Veterum Scriptorum et Monumentorum Historicorum Dogmaticorum Moralium amplissima collectio Tomus VII (Paris 1733) 199-244.  

Pietro Maria Campi, " Apologio dell innocente e s. vita del gran pontefice Gregorio il Decimo,"  in Dell' historia ecclesiastica di Piacenza  parte seconda (Piacenza; Giovanni Bazachi, 1651), pp. 315-339; ""Vita Gregorii Papae Decimi, Patria Placentini, a vetustissimo Anonymo Auctore scripta circiter ann. salutis 1290," pp. 343-349.

William Cornwallis Cartwright, On the Constitution of Papal Conclaves (Edinburgh 1878) 18-20. F. Cristofori, Il conclave del MCCLXX in Viterbo (Roma-Siena-Viterbo 1888) pp. 9-42; 337-348.  Giuseppe de Novaes, Elementi per la storia de' Sommi Pontefici terza edizione Volumes II and III (Roma 1821) G. Moroni, Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica Volume 32 (Venezia 1845) 264-270; Volume 24 (1844) 248-251 [on the Fieschi of Genoa].  A. F. Artaud de Montor, Histoire des souverains pontifes romains Vol. III (Paris 1851) 25-31. Fritz Walter, Die Politik der Kurie unter Gregor X (Berlin 1894), 8-32.   R. Sternfeld , Der Kardinal Johann Gaetan Orsini (Papst Nikolaus III) 1244-1277 (Berlin 1905) 152-184; 317-321.  Agostino Ceccaroni, Il conclave (Roma-Torino 1901) 2-4.   J. Maubach, Die Kardinäle und ihre Politik um die Mitte des XIII. Jahrhunderts (Bonn 1902). F.Gregorovius, History of Rome in the Middle Ages, Volume V.2 second edition, revised (London: George Bell, 1906) 457-460.  H. D. Sedgwick, Italy in the Thirteenth Century Volume II (Boston-New York 1912) 71-80. E. Jordan, "Les promotions de cardinaux sous Urbain IV," Revue d' histoire et de littérature religieuses 5 (1900) 322-334.   Olga Joelson, Die Papstwahlen des 13. Jahrhunderts bis zur Einfuhrung der Conclaveordnung (Berlin: E. Ebering 1928).   K.M. Setton, The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571 , pp. 106-108.  Andreas Fischer, Kardinale im Konklave. Die lange Sedisvakanz der Jahre 1268 bis1271 (Stuttgart: W. de Gruyter-Max Niemeyer 2008) [Bibliothek des Deutschen Historischen Instituts in Rome, 118].

J.B. Sägmüller, Die Thätigkeit und Stellung der Kardinäle bis Papst Bonifaz VIII., historisch und canonistisch untersucht und dargestellt (Freiburg i. B. 1896) [reviewed by Wenck in Theologische Litteraturzeitung 23 (Leipzig 1891), 113-116].   J.B. Sägmüller, "Zur Thätigkeit und Stellung der Kardinäle bis Papst Bonifaz VIII," Theologische Quartalschrift 80 (Ravensburg 1898) 596-614 [reviewed by Wenck in Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen 162. 1 (Berlin 1900) 139-175]. J.B. Sägmüller, "Die oligarchischen Tendenzen des Kardinalkollegs bis Bonifaz VIII," Theologische Quartalschrift (Ravensburg 1901) 45-93.

General background: Johannes C. L. Gieseler, Compendium of Ecclesiastical History fourth edition Volume III (translated by John Winstanley Hull) (Edinburgh 1853); Agostino Parracivini Bagliani, Cardinali di curia e 'familiae' cardinalizie dal 1227 al 1254 (Padua 1972) [Italia Sacra, XVIII]. A. Parracivini Bagliani, "La mobilità della curia romana nel secolo XIII. Reflessi locali," Società e istituzioni dell' Italia communale: l' esempio di Perugia (Secoli XII-XIV) (Perugia 1988) 155-278. A. Parracivini Bagliani, La vita quotidiana alla corte dei papi nel Ducento (Roma-Bari 1996).

On Cardinal John of Toledo, see Hermann Grauert, "Meister Johann von Toledo," Stizungsberichte der philosophisch-philologischen und der historischen Klasse. königl. bayer. Akademie der Wissenschaften 1901 (München 1902) 111-325. Folkestone Williams, Lives of the English Cardinals Volume I (London: W. H. Allen 1868), 281-344, is virtually nothing but a paraphrase of "that honest Benedictine", Matthew Paris, and contains nothing of interest for the life and career of Cardinal John, except that he received a pension from King Henry III (p. 331; from Royal and Historical Letters illustrative of the Reign of Henry III Volume II [London 1866]).

On Bernard Ayglier, OSB, abbot of Montecassino, see: Luigi Tosti, OSB, Storia della Badia di Monte-cassino Tomo III (Napoli 1843) 6-32; 65-89 On Ayglerio, Bernard's brother, also a Benedictine of Montecassino, the Archbishop of Naples (1267-November 6, 1281), see: F. M. Zigarelli, Biografie dei Vescovi e Arcivescovi della Chiesa di Napoli (Napoli: G. Gioja 1861) 60-63. Eduard Winkelmann, Sicilische und paepstliche Kanzleiordnungen und Kanzleigebraeuche des XIII. Jahrhunderts (Innsbruck 1880).

On Cardinal Ottaviano Ubaldini, there is interesting material by someone who knew him, in the Cronaca di Fra Salimbene Parmigiano (translated by Carlo Cantarelli) Volume I (Parma 1882) 279-282; On the death of Cardinal Raoul de Grosparmy, Volume 2, 18-19 (His chronology, however, is seriously faulty, as sometimes are his judgments). Guido Levi, "Il Cardinale Ottaviano degli Ubaldini, secondo il suo carteggio ed altri documenti," Archivio della Società Romana di storia patria 14 ( ), 231-303.

On Cardinal Orsini: Augustin Demski, Papst Nikolaus III, Eine Monographie (Münster 1903) 34-37. Richard Sternfeld, Der Kardinal Johann Gaetan Orsini (Papst Nikolaus III.) 1244-1277 (Berlin: E. Ebering 1905).

On Cardinal Enrico Ostiensis, see: Jörg Müller, "Hostiensis". Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon Band XXIII (2004) 676-680, also available on-line at Verlag Traugott Bautz (retrieved 08/22/2008). Noël Didier, "Henri de Suse en Angleterre (1236?-1244)," Studi in onore di Vincenzo Arangio-Ruiz Vol 2 (Naples 1953), pp. 333-351. Noël Didier, "Henri de Suse, évèque de Sisteron (1244-1250)," Revue historique de droit français et étranger 4th series 31 (1953), 244-270 and 409-429/.  Noel Didier, "Henri de Suse, prieur d'Antibes, prévot de Grasse (1235?-1245)," Studia Gratiana 2 (1954) 595-617.  Richard Kay, "Hostiensis and some Embrun provincial councils," Traditio 20 (1964), 503-513.


On Odo of Chateauroux, see Axel Müßigbrod, "Odo von Chateauroux". Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon Band VI (1993) 1113, also available on-line at Verlag Traugott Bautz (retrieved 08/22/2008).

On Cardinal Jacopo Savelli, see: Bernhard Pawlicki, Papst Honorius IV (Münster 1896) 4-14.

On Cardinal Stephanus of Hungary , see: Agostino Paravicini Bagliani, "Un frammento del testamento del cardinale Stephanus Hungarus (†1270) nel codice C 95 dell' Archivio del capitolo di San Pietro," Rivista di storia della chiesa in Italia 25 (1971) 168-182.

On the Annibaldi: Fedele Savio, SJ, "Gli Annibaldi di Roma nel secolo XIII," Studi e documenti di storia e diritto 17 (1896) 353-363. Carlo Augusto Bertini (from Teodoro Amayde), "Famiglie Romane: Annibali (Annibaldi)," Rivista 4 (1906) 733-741. Francis Roth, OESA, "Il Cardinale Riccardo Annibaldi, Primo Prottetore dell' Ordine Agostiniano," Augustiniana 2 (1952) 26-60. M. Dikmans, "D' Innocent III à Boniface VIII. Histoire des Conti et des Annibaldi," Bulletin de l' Institut historique belge de Rome 45 (1975) 19-211.  A.L. Redigonda, "Annibaldo degli Annibaldi," Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani 3 (1961) 342-44. The Cardinal's memorial inscription: Petrus Aloysius Galletti, Inscriptiones Romanae Infimi Aevi Romae Exstantes Tomus I (Romae 1760) cxci, no. 3 (Tomb of Cardinal Riccardo Annibaldi de Molaria in the Lateran Basilica)

Cesare Pinzi, Storia della citta di Viterbo, illustrata con note e nuovi documenti in gran parte inediti  Volume II (Roma 1888), 241-319.   Gary M. Radke, Viterbo: Profile of a Thirteenth-century Papal Palace (Cambridge University Press 1996).

On Giovanni da Vercelli: R. P. Mortier, OP, Histoire des Maitres Généraux de l' Ordre des Frères Prêcheurs Tome second (Paris 1905) 36-38. Fr. Benedictus Maria Reichert, OP (editor), Monumenta Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum historica: Tomus III. Acta Capitulorum Generalium (Vol. I) (Romae 1898).


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