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He was 30 years old (born c. 961).

Before being elected, he visited his old father and former doge Peter I (976-978) in the Monastery of St. Michel de Cuxa, who predicted his future and advised him to govern simply, to be fair to his subjects and to remain a friend of the Church.

In fact, following his father's advice, the new doge turned out to be a great diplomat and excellent mediator, managing to keep a perfect internal and external balance with the Western Roman Empire, the Eastern Roman Empire and the papacy, setting up his own so-called four-pillar policy: 1. Inte

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