But after learning the lessons of power and influence, Innocent III was far removed from innocence.
What subterfuges did he use to try to jump on the saintwagon? Using his Popely powers he used King John of England as a vassal, deposed emperors and substituted his own stooges with a fine display of political powerplay.
Most cunning of all, he declared that the Church, being spiritual in nature, was above the State, which dealt with mere earthly matters.
Therefore all kings must bow the knee to the Church, and as the Pope was the Head of the Church, he was effectively the Supreme Ruler of All Christendom. Oh yes, apart from God.
Innocent III is also known for initiating a very nasty Crusade which ended in disaster for all concerned. But we must stress he did have his good points. Probably.
For this reason, you will fail to discover his feast day or other saintly accoutrements. He doesn’t have any – because he was never made a saint. All his schemes came to nothing and now he doesn’t get so much as a cupcake on his birthday.
St. Innocent III Facts and Figures
Name: Innocent III
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Birth and Death Dates: 1161-1216
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 70
Cite this article
Here's the info you need to cite this page. Just copy the text in the box below.
Article last updated on April 07, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.