Synod of Worms

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The Synod of Worms was an ecclesiastical synod (and Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire) convened by the Emperor Henry IV in January 1076, at Worms, Germany. It was intended to agree a condemnation of Pope Gregory VII, and Henry's success in achieving this outcome marked the beginning of the Investiture Controversy.

Of the 38 German bishops, 24 attended.[1] Henry's supporters included Adalbero of Würzburg, William I, Bishop of Utrecht and Henri de Verdun. The Cardinal Hugh of Remiremont, who had already cut ties with the Pope, spoke damningly against Gregory,[2] who was declared deposed. Gebhard of Salzburg, a supporter of Gregory, stayed away.

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  1. ^ I. S. Robinson, The Papacy 1073-1198 (1990) p. 402.
  2. ^ Robinson, p. 37.