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Breakspear: the unknown English pope

Lambeth Palace Library Lambeth Palace Road, London

Speaker: Adrian Waddingham Nicholas Breakspear has been overlooked for centuries, even though his achievements outshone those of his contemporary, Thomas Becket. Born in poverty and probably illegitimate, Breakspear rose to become the only Englishman to ascend the throne of Saint Peter, ruling over the papal states as Adrian IV. His life is not a tale […]