Innocent VI

Innocent VI, d. 1362, pope (1352–62), a Frenchman named Étienne Aubert; successor of Clement VI. He was a well-known jurist and was created cardinal in 1342. He lived at Avignon. He was one of the few reforming popes of his age, doing his best to eliminate venality from church administration. His major quarrel was with Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV over the Golden Bull. Innocent sent Cardinal de Albornoz into Italy to pacify the Papal States and liberated Cola di Rienzi to go with him. He was succeeded by Urban V.

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