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Basle, Council of

Basle, Council of (1431–49). The council which inherited the problems of the council of Constance, convened by Martin V and dissolved by his successor, Eugenius IV, later in the year. It refused to be dissolved and reaffirmed the decrees of Constance on the superiority of a general council over the pope. The continuing council of Basle deposed the pope and elected the anti-pope, Felix V, in 1439. After his abdication, the council submitted to the pope in 1449.

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