- Pope John XIV
English name=John XIV
August 20, 984
John XIV (died
August 20, 984) was Popefrom December, 983 to August 20, 984, successor to Pope Benedict VII(974–983)
He was born at
Pavia, and before his elevation to the papal chair was imperial chancellor of Emperor Otto II(973–983), and was the latter's second choice.
His original name was Pietro Canepanova, but he took the name John XIV to avoid being linked to
Otto II died shortly after his election; his heir,
Otto III(983–1002), being only 3 years old. Antipope Boniface VII(974, 984–985), on the strength of the popular feeling against the new Pope, returned from Constantinopleand placed John XIV in prison, in Castel Sant'Angelo, where he died either by starvation or poison.
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