Adrian IV last English Pope

The Conclave is over and a new Pope chosen, but the English never stood a chance. There has not, in fact, been an English Pope since Adrian IV in 1155.

Adrian, born Nicholas Breakspear near St. Albans, studied in France and became the Abbott of the St Ruf monastery. Before becoming Pope, Adrian served in Scandinavia as papal legate where "he reorganised the Swedish church, sent missionaries into Finland and set up a huge bishopric embracing Norway, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroes, Shetland, the Orkneys and Sudreys (including the Isle of Man)." Later Popes were chosen from mainland European candidates, mainly German, Italian and French.