Pope Alexander II

Head of the Catholic Church from 1061 to 1073

Pope Alexander II (born Anselmo da Baggio; ??? − 21 April 1073) was pope of the Catholic Church from 30 September 1061 until 21 April 1073 when he died.


Alexander II
Papacy began30 September 1061
Papacy ended21 April 1073
PredecessorNicholas II
SuccessorGregory VII
Personal details
Birth nameAnselmo da Baggio
Milan, Holy Roman Empire
Died(1073-04-21)21 April 1073
Rome, Papal States, Holy Roman Empire
Other popes named Alexander

He was born Anselmo da Baggio in Milan to a noble family.[1] In 1065, he wrote to Béranger, the Viscount of Narbonne, and to Guifred, the bishop of the city. He praised them for having prevented the massacre of the Jews in their district. He also reminded them that God does not approve of the shedding of blood. The same year, Alexander II warned Landulf VI of Benevento "that the conversion of Jews is not to be obtained by force."[2] He also called for a crusade against the Moors in Spain in the same year.[3]

He died on 21 April 1073 in Rome and was buried in St. Peter's Basilica. He was succeeded by Pope Gregory VII.

References change

  1. "Pope Alexander II". New Advent. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  2. Simonsohn, Shlomo (1988). The Apostolic See and the Jews, Documents: 492–1404.
  3. Phillips, Jonathan P. The Second Crusade: Extending the Frontiers of Christendom. p. 246.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Nicholas II
Succeeded by
Gregory VII