• Born year: 1042
  • Born in: FrancE
  • Death date: 1099-07-29
  • Death in: Holy Roman Empire
Pope Urban II

Pope Urban II (Latin: Urbanus II; ca. 1042 – 29 July 1099), born Otho de Lagery (alternatively Otto, Odo, or Eudes), was Pope from 12 March 1088 to his death in 1099. He is best known for initiating the First Crusade (1096–1099) and setting up the modern-day Roman Curia in the manner of a royal ecclesiastical court to help run the Church.Pope Gregory VII named him cardinal-bishop of Ostia ca. 1080.