Pope Alexander IV


Pope Alexander IV (Latin: Alexander Quartus; c. 1185 – 25 May 1261), born Rinaldo Conti di Segni, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the 182nd Pope from 1254 until his death.[1]

Alexander IV
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Papacy began12 December 1254
Papacy ended25 May 1261
PredecessorPope Innocent IV
SuccessorPope Urban IV
Personal details
Birth nameRinaldo Conti di Segni
Bornc. 1185
Died(1261-05-25)May 25, 1261
Other popes named Alexander

Early lifeEdit

Rinaldo Conti di Segni was born into the family of the counts of Segni. His relations included Pope Innocent III and Pope Gregory IX.[2]


In 1227, Gregory IX made Conti a cardinal.[2]


Cardinal Conti was elected pope on December 12, 1254. He chose to be called Alexander IV.[3]

Pope Alexander was involved in Italian and European political disputes.[2] The pope tried and failed to affect politics in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.[4]

Related pagesEdit


Emblem of the popes
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Pope Alexander IV", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-18.
  3. Chisholm, Hugh (1910). The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. Encyclopaedia Britannica. pp. 552–553.
  4. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. C. Knight. 1833. p. 304.

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  Media related to Alexander IV at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Innocent IV
Succeeded by
Urban IV