Pope Gregory VIII

[coat of arms of Pope Gregory VIII] Reigned from 21 October 1187 to 17 December 1187. Born c.1100 in Benevento, Italy as Alberto di Morra; died at Pisa, Italy. He was a Premonstratensian, cardinal-priest, and chancellor, in which capacity he was sent to England to investigate the murder of Saint Thomas a Becket. Elected in the midst of war with the Saracens and the capture of Jerusalem, he at once opened negotiations for a reconciliation with Barbarossa, with the purpose of organizing a Crusade. Before this could be accomplished, he died, while attempting to mediate between Pisa and Genoa.

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