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Pope Honorius III

Honorius III, pope from 1216 to 1227, was the successor of Innocent III, whose uncompromising policy in the struggle between the Papacy and the empire he had not firmness and vigour to continue. He consented to crown Frederick II as Holy Roman Emperor in 1220, although the engagements made with his predecessors had not been fulfilled; the promises which he himself had extracted he was somewhat slow to urge, and it was left to his successor Gregory IX, to insist upon their accomplishment. He gave papal sanction to the Dominican order in 1216, and to the Franciscan in 1223; and during his pontificate also many of the tertiary orders first came into existence.


Original text taken from a paper copy of the 9th edition EB; 1881

preceded by Pope Innocent III (1198-1216)
succeeded by Pope Gregory IX (1227-1241)



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