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The only British Pope

Posted in Anniversary, History, Religion on Tuesday, 23 November 2010

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picture, Pope Adrian IV, Hadrian IV, Hadrianus 4

A portrait of Pope Adrian IV, the former Nick Breakspear

4 December marks the anniversary of the only British Pope, elected in 1154. Nicholas Breakspear is believed to have been born at Breakspear Farm in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, and was educated at Abbey School, St Albans where His father became a monk. Young Nicholas was told to continue with his schooling and went to France where he he joined the St Rufus monastery near Arles. He became prior and, soon after, abbot.

Complaints to Rome about his zeal as an abbot only brought him to the favourable attention of the Popes Eugene III and Anastasius IV. When the latter died in 1154, Nicholas was elected in his place, taking the name Adrian (or Hadrian) IV. He died in 1159.

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