Dead Pope sent up the river

The “Cadaver Synod” a macabre chapter in papal history

Pope Formosus on trial

Former Pope Formosus sat silently through his trial, charged by Pope Stephen VII* of several crimes, including having acceded to the papacy illegally.

He did not question the legality of the proceedings, nor did he answer to the mostly bogus charges against him. He was not allowed to testify on his…



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Dale M. Brumfield

Dale M. Brumfield


Anti-death penalty advocate, cultural archaeologist, “American Grotesk” historyteller and author of 11 books. More at