St Leo IV

(d. 855)

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(d. 855),

Pope from 847. He at once set about repairing the damage done by the Saracens in 846, putting a wall round the part of Rome on the right bank of the Tiber (henceforth the ‘Leonine City’). In 850 he crowned Louis, son of Lothair, as co-emperor; he is said to have ‘hallowed’ Alfred as future king of England in 853. The Asperges is ascribed to him. Feast day, 17 July.

Subjects: Christianity.

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