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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