|Papacy began||August 897|
|Papacy ended||November 897|
|Born||Gallese, Papal States|
Romanus, whose personal name is unknown, was born in Gallese, Italy near Civita Castellana. He was elected to succeed the murdered Pope Stephen VI during a period when the papacy was fought over by various Italian factions. Like many popes of the era, Romanus annulled all the acts and decrees of his predecessor. His short rule was regarded as a virtuous one by contemporary historian Flodoard, but 15th-century historian Bartolomeo Platina scorned him for continuing the practice of annulling the acts and decrees of his predecessor. An opposing faction deposed him later the same year and he ended his days as a monk. His date of death is unknown.
- Anura Guruge (16 Feb 2010). The Next Pope (illustrated ed.). p. 88. ISBN 9780615353722.
- Platina, Bartolomeo (1479), The Lives of the Popes From The Time Of Our Saviour Jesus Christ to the Accession of Gregory VII I, London: Griffith Farran & Co., p. 239, retrieved 2013-04-25
- 12px "Pope Romanus" in the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia.
- 12px This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Pope Romanus". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.
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