|Frangipani: doesn't look like a villain|
|Poor old Gelasius II|
Fortunately, the mobs of Rome resented this. They stormed the castle, liberated the Pope, and placed him on the throne in the Lateran Palace. Henry V hurried to Rome with the intention of ousting the Pope, and in a way, he succeeded. Hearing that imperial troops were in St. Peter's basilica, Gelasius hastily packed his court and jumped on a couple of ships and headed down the Tiber.
Henry took advantage of Gelasius' absence to appoint and confirm an anti-pope. His choice was an ancient Portuguese cardinal named Maurice Bourdin, who took Gregory as his papal name. The French ordained Gelasius (who had been a deacon, rather than a priest) and then confirmed him as pope. After a while, Henry moved out of Rome and Pope Gelasius tried to return, but the Frangipani faction broke up a Mass he was conducting. Gelasius moved back to France and died soon after in the Cluny monastery.
Gelasius has never been formally canonized, but he is venerated by his Benedictine brothers, which is good enough for me.