typo: he died in 896, not 856. (i was like, hang on, how much would have been LEFT 40 years later? not much!) still weird as balls. LET’S YELL AT A ROTTING CORPSE FOR A WHILE! OKAY!
Exactly! :) Not a typo. Here’s what happened:
The Cadaver Synod (also called the Cadaver Trial or, in Latin, the Synodus Horrenda) is the name commonly given to the posthumous ecclesiastical trial of Catholic Pope Formosus, held in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome during January of 897.
Before the proceedings the body of Formosus was exhumed and, according to some sources, seated on a throne while his successor, Pope Stephen (VI) VII, read the charges against him (of which Formosus was found guilty) and conducted the trial. The Cadaver Synod is remembered as one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of the medieval papacy.