Pope Leo IV was the Pope and head of Christianity when the young Alfred visited Rome on a pilgrimage.


Season 4

The Pope granted an audience to Aethelwulf, Alfred and Prudentius when they visited Rome on a pilgrimage, sent there by King Ecbert. When they arrived, the Pope showed one of the greatest treasures they had in Rome to Alfred, a thorn from the crown that was put on the head of Jesus Christ before the crucifixion. Later, he gifted Alfred with a sword, so that he could cast out all his enemies. He then crowned Alfred a consul of Rome, just like Caesar, preparing him for whichever future God prepared for him. During the cerimony, Leo IV revealed to Alfred that he saw a young monk walking beside the boy, who then vanished. (Death All 'Round)

Background information

  • Leo IV was portrayed by John Kavanagh, the same actor who portrays the The Seer, a curious nod to the opposite and yet similar positions of authority in their respective religions.
  • The real Leo IV was Bishop of Rome from 847 to 855.


Season four appearances
A Good Treason Kill the Queen Mercy Yol Promised
What Might Have Been The Profit and the Loss Portage Death All 'Round The Last Ship
The Outsider The Vision Two Journeys In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning All His Angels
Crossings The Great Army Revenge On the Eve The Reckoning
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