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Italian JEAN XII

born Octavien DE SPOLETE

Pope and ruler of the Papal States from 16 December 955 to his death in 964

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: in 936
Died: on December 31, 964 in Rome, Italie


John XII was born Octavianus, the son of Alberic II of Spoleto, Patrician and self-styled prince of Rome. His mother is believed to have been Alda of Vienne, Alberic’s stepsister and the daughter of Hugh of Italy. However there is some doubt about this. Benedict of Soracte recorded that Octavianus was the son of a concubine (Genuit (Alberic) ex his principem ex concubinam filium, imposuit eis nomen Octabianus), but his Latin is unclear. If he were the son of Alda, he would have been 18 when he became pope, and he would have been a seventh generation descendant of Charlemagne on his mother's side. If he was the son of a concubine, he would have been somewhat older, possibly up to 7 years older. Born in the region of the Via Lata, the aristocratic quarter that was situated between the Quirinal Hill and the Campus Martius, he was given the name of Octavianus, a clear indicator of how the family saw themselves and the future destiny of the son of Alberic.

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