Also listed as Martin II. Reigned from 882 to 884. Born in Gallese, Italy; died in Rome, Italy. While a deacon he was sent by Adrian II as legate to the Council of Constantinople (869). Later he was made bishop of Crere (Cervetri) treasurer of the Holy See, and archdeacon. He condemned Photius, bestowed the pallium on archbishop Fulk of Rheims, and out of regard for King Alfred freed the Anglo-Saxon head-quarters at Rome from all tax and tribute. Owing to the similarity between the names Marinus and Martinus some historians call the two popes Marinus respectively Martin II and III, and the successor of Nicholas III called himself Martin IV.