It is currently 985. Having successfully murdered two Popes, Pope Boniface VII dies. His naked body is dragged through the streets of Rome and left out in public. John XV begins his eleven year reign as Pope. He had a lot of trouble with Crescentius the Younger, ruler of the Roman nobility, who eventually seized Rome. Crescentius was later deposed and executed. Heavily engaged in Roman politics, John supported reformation but could not break free of Germanyâ€™s control of the Papacy. Spanish Moslems sack Barcelona but are unable to hold it. In Sweden, Erik the Victorious leads his troops in a victory over the Vikings.