He was 48 years old (he was born in 928).

His first task was to rebuild the Doge's Palace and the Church of St. Mark.

Two years after his election, perhaps because he was seized with remorse for having in some way participated in the plot against his predecessor (Peter Candian IV) in 976, or perhaps because he had an inkling of revenge from the pro-Western faction, or perhaps because he was struck by a vocation (after the birth of their only son he and his wife Felicia had taken a vow of chastity so as not to incur sin), he decided to become a monk.

Guarino, venerable abbot of the Monastery of St. Michel de Cuxa in the Pyrenees, who had been in Rome, had come to Venice. Before returning to his own monastery, however, he wanted to pay homage to St Mark the Evangelist. The doge had received him and treated him with great deference. They had both spoken at length and Guarino had realised that the doge held earthly things in low regard, so he had invited him to leave everything, the world and honours, and to serve God in the monastery.

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