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Innocent VII
Papacy began October 17, 1404
Papacy ended November 6, 1406
Predecessor Pope Boniface IX
Successor Pope Gregory XII
Personal details
Birth name Cosimo de' Migliorati
Born 1336
Sulmona, Kingdom of Naples
Died November 6, 1406

Other Popes named Innocent

Pope Innocent VII (Latin: Innocentius Septimus; 1336 – November 6, 1406), born Cosimo de' Migliorati, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 205th Pope from 1404 until his death in 1406.[1]

Early life

Migliorati was born at Sulmona in the Abruzzi region of Italy.[2]

Migliorati studied at Perugia, Padua and Bologna. He taught law at Perugia and Pagua.[3]


Pope Urban VI made Migliorati Bishop of Bologna in 1386. He became Archbishop of Ravenna in 1387.[3]


Pope Boniface IX made Migliorati cardinal in 1389.[3]


Migliorati was elected pope on October 17, 1404; and chose to be called of Innocent VII.[4]

He elevated his nephew as a cardinal Ludovico Migliorati.[3] Cardinal Migliorati had a unique role as cardinal-nephew.[5]

Pope Innocent was involved in Italian and European political disputes.[3]

Western Schism

Innocent VII was pope during the years of the Western Schism, which was a split between factions of the Roman Catholic Church between 1378 and 1417.[6]

During this period, there was more than one who claimed to be the true pope.[6]

Popes of the Western Schism

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Related pages


The Coat of Arms of Innocent VII
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-29.
  2. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1838). "Innocent VII," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 12, p. 480.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Pope Innocent VII", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-29.
  4. "Innocent VII," Encyclopedia Britannica (1910), Vol. 14, pp. 581.
  5. "Roman Curia", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-29.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Western Schism," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-29.

Other websites

Media related to Innocentius VII at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Boniface IX
Succeeded by
Gregory XII