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Pope Stephen IX

Pope Stephen IX was pope from about July 14, 939 until his death towards the end of October, 942).

During his pontificate he was subject to Alberic[?], Prince of the Romans, and did not effectively rule the Papal States. His period as pope was during a brief respite from the period when the church had been ruled by the the so-called "pornocracy[?]" of Theodora and Marozia, Roman noblewomen.

from the 9th edition (1887) of an unnamed encyclopedia.

preceded by Pope Leo VII (936-939)
succeeded by Pope Marinus II (942-946)

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