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Innocent III (1160-1198-1216-1216), born Lotario dei Conti di Segni, rose to the heights of power in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, asserting and enforcing power over the nation-states of Europe in the wake of the death of Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI Hohenstaufen (1197), who in his will recognized Norman Italy as the fiefdom of the Holy See and left as heir his infant son Frederick II. Innocent's influence throughout the continent was felt like no other pope's before or since; ...more