Michael Edward Moore, "The Body of Pope Formosus
9.1 (2012) 277-298 (at 286-287):
The Annales Alamannici gave the
following account of the Cadaver Trial:
And thereafter Stephan put Pope Formosus out of his tomb, and placed him in the
Apostolic throne, and a deacon was delegated to answer for him, and his apostolic
vestment was stripped off, and dragged across the basilica; and blood was flowing
from his mouth, and he was thrown into the river.58
The Annales Laubacensium repeated the strange detail of blood flowing from
the pope's mouth, as if the body of Formosus was still suffering:
Stephan put Pope Formosus out of his sepulcre and placed him upon the throne,
and a deacon was established for him, so that he might give the defense; and having
deposed him, he had the pope dragged across the basilica and thrown into the
river; and gore was flowing out of his mouth onto the pavement.59
58 "Basilica in Lateranis maiori parte cecidit: et postea Stephanus papa formosum de
sepulcro eiecit et in apostolica sede locavit, et diaconum pro eo constituit ad
respondendum, et apostolicam exuit vestem, et traxit per basilicam; et sanguis de ore
eius fluebat; et in flumen proiectus est." Annales Alamannici, MGH, SS 1, ed. G.H.
Pertz (Hannover, 1826), Anno 896, p.53.
59 "Et Stephanus papa Formosum de sepulcro eiecit eumque super locavit, atque
diaconum pro eo constituit, ut responsum dedisset, et eo devicto, fecit papam per
basilicam trahere atque in flumen proicere; et ex ore eius cruor per pavimenta fluebat."
Annales Laubacensium pars tertia, MGH, SS 1, ed. G.H. Pertz (Hannover, 1826), Anno
Hat tip: A friend, who compared this posthumous attack to the recent treatment of a famous classical scholar in the pages of the journal he founded. I think we should call it a "cadaver trial," whenever a deceased person arouses the indignation of the bien pensants.