Pope Innocent VII

pope of the Catholic Church from 1404 to 1406

Pope Innocent VII (Latin: Innocentius Septimus; 1336 – November 6, 1406), born Cosimo de' Migliorati, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 205th Pope from 1404 until his death in 1406.[1]

Innocent VII
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Papacy beganOctober 17, 1404
Papacy endedNovember 6, 1406
PredecessorPope Boniface IX
SuccessorPope Gregory XII
Personal details
Birth nameCosimo de' Migliorati
Sulmona, Kingdom of Naples
Died(1406-11-06)November 6, 1406
Other popes named Innocent

Early lifeEdit

Migliorati was born at Sulmona in the Abruzzi region of Italy.[2]

Migliorati studied at Perugia, Padua and Bologna. He taught law at Perugia and Pagua.[3]


Pope Urban VI made Migliorati Bishop of Bologna in 1386. He became Archbishop of Ravenna in 1387.[3]


Pope Boniface IX made Migliorati cardinal in 1389.[3]


Migliorati was elected pope on October 17, 1404; and chose to be called of Innocent VII.[4]

He elevated his nephew as a cardinal Ludovico Migliorati.[3] Cardinal Migliorati had a unique role as cardinal-nephew.[5]

Pope Innocent was involved in Italian and European political disputes.[3]

Western SchismEdit

Innocent VII was pope during the years of the Western Schism, which was a split between factions of the Roman Catholic Church between 1378 and 1417.[6]

During this period, there was more than one who claimed to be the true pope.[6]

Popes of the Western Schism
Antipope John XXIIIAntipope John XXIIIAntipope Alexander VPope Gregory XIIPope Innocent VIIPope Innocent VIIPope Boniface IXPope Urban VIAvignon Pope Benedict XIIIAvignon Pope Clement VIIPope Martin VPope Gregory XI

Related pagesEdit


The Coat of Arms of Innocent VII
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-29.
  2. The Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. C. Knight. 1838. p. 480.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Pope Innocent VII", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-29.
  4. Chisholm, Hugh (1910). The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. Encyclopedia Britannica Company. p. 581.
  5. "Roman Curia", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-29.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Western Schism," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-29.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Innocentius VII at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Boniface IX
Succeeded by
Gregory XII