Sunday, February 6, 2011
March 3, 1046 Sylvester III died. After a Roman faction drove Pope Benedict IX out of Rome, they elected Sylvester, but he was expelled a month later by Benedict's supporters. The faction then sold the papacy to Giovanni Graziano, who became Pope Gregory VI. Recognizing Gregory as the legitimate pope, Sylvester returned to his old bishopric of Sabina. He and Gregory are usually considered antipopes. 1284 The Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England.