Adrian IV


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Adrian IV

n
(Biography) original name Nicholas Breakspear. ?1100–59, the only English pope (1154–59)

Adrian

(or Hadrian) IV


n.
(Nicholas Breakspear), c1100–59, pope 1154–59: the only English pope.
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1154: Nicholas Breakspear became the only English Pope - as Adrian IV.
1154: Nicholas Breakspear, born in Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire, was elected unanimously to become the first and still the only English Pope, as Adrian IV.
| 1154: Nicholas Breakspear became the only English Pope - as Adrian IV. | 1791: The Observer, the oldest Sunday newspaper in the United Kingdom, was first published.
ON THIS DAY DAY 1154: Nicholas Breakspear became the only English Pope - as Adrian IV.
Nicholas Breakspear was known as Pope Adrian IV. His reign was shorter than most, as after five years he went to meet his maker.
In 1159, Pope Adrian IV, the only English pope, died.
Onthisday 1154: Nicholas Breakspear became the only English Pope - as Adrian IV.
1154 The only Englishman ever to become Pope, Nicholas Breakspear, became Adrian IV.
At his election as Pope Adrian IV in 1154, disorder broke out in Rome as followers of a rival pope fought for their choice.
According to one report, Adrian IV died after choking on a fly in his wine, but quinsy (an inflammation of the tonsils) is the more commonly accepted explanation.
This was Adrian IV, who died in 1159 after five years as earthly head of the Roman Catholic church.