Born: 9XX AD
Died: 985 AD.
- A cardinal deacon, he ordered the murder of his predecessor, Benedict VI, and was installed by Crescentius I.
- Later, however, he was expelled at the behest of Otto II, the Holy Roman emperor, and was replaced on the papal throne by Benedict VII.
974-984 - He served as pope, or antipope.
- He owed his rule to the support of the Crescentii, a powerful and unscrupulous Roman family.
984 - They summoned Boniface from his refuge in Constantinople, where he had fled with the church treasury; on his return he imprisoned, and presumably murdered, John.
985 - A reign of intrigue ensued, which ended with Boniface's murder by a vengeful Roman mob on July in Rome, Italy.
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