Pope Urban VI

pope (1378-1389)

Pope Urban VI (Latin: Urbanus Sextus; c. 1318 – October 15, 1389), born Bartolomeo Prignano, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 203rd Pope from 1378 to 1389.[1]

Urban VI
Papacy beganApril 8, 1378
Papacy endedOctober 15, 1389
PredecessorPope Gregory XI
SuccessorPope Boniface IX
Personal details
Birth nameBartolomeo Prignano
Died(1389-10-15)October 15, 1389
Other popes named Urban

Early life


Prignano was born in Naples.[2]



In 1364, Prignano was made the Archbishop of Acerenza by Pope Urban V.[2]

Pope Gregory XI made Prignano Archbishop of Bari in 1377.[2]



He was not a cardinal. There were several Popes who were not Cardinals. One of these was Pope Urban V.

Prignano was elected pope on April 8, 1378; and he chose to be called Pope Urban VI.[3]

Western schism


A period called the "Western Schism" began on 20 September 20, 1378 when Robert of Geneva (also known as Clement VII) was chosen pope by 13 French cardinals.[4] Clement VII is now considered to have been an antipope.[5]

A large part of Germany, Flanders, Italy (with exception of Naples), England and Ireland recognized Urban VI as the pope; but many in Western Europe supported the papacy of Clement VII.[4]

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


The Coat of Arms of Urban VI
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Pope Urban VI," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-13.
  3. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1843). "Urban VI," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 26, p. 44.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Western Schism," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-13.
  5. "Robert of Geneva," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-13.

Other websites


  Media related to Urbanus VI at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope Urban VI" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • Catholic Hierarchy, Pope Urban VI
  • GCatholic, Pope Urban VI
Preceded by
Gregory XI
Succeeded by
Boniface IX