Pope Adrian V

Hadrian V. (* 1215 in Genoa, † August 18 1276 in Viterbo) whose real name was Otto Bono dei Conti di Lavagna, the Fieschi, Count of Lavagna, and was in 1276 for 38 days Pope.


Early life

Although Otto Bono Fieschi was born in Genoa, he came but the noble family of Lavagna, and was, as a result of this descent, a nephew of Pope Innocent IV. This sent him for the purpose of diplomatic relations to Reims, Paris and Parma, and appointed him in 1251 or 1252 to Cardinal deacon of S. Adriano. Since 1262 he was also archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

It was Clement IV, the Fieschi in 1265 with the rank of legate sent to England. His main duties included, among other things, to organize a new crusade, and disputes between Henry III. settle and some barons. 1268 he moved to the English crown prince Edward Longshanks to join the Seventh Crusade. After his return to Rome in June 1268 Fieschi has rapidly become one of the most respected members of the Curia, which significantly supported the House of Anjou in Italy.


The Conclave in July 1276 proved to be quite tedious, because there is no successor to Innocent V. could be found. It was Charles of Anjou, who recalled in his capacity as a senator of Rome to the Konklaveregelung of the Second Council of Lyon and took over the management of the conclave. He isolated then the Cardinals from the outside world and reduced their food. Only when the blistering heat of the summer among the cardinals called their victims - many collapsed in exhaustion - the choice Pope Adrian V. fell on July 11 at Cardinal Fieschi, now

Because he had received as a cardinal deacon no ordination, Hadrian abolished the Konklaveordnung Gregory X.. It should be his only written set of official action, which is still detectable today.


He was buried in San Francesco in Viterbo. Today a tomb of the Florentine sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio reminiscent of the Pope. Hadrian V was not without controversy.