The eighteen cardinals who met to elect a successor to Clement IV.
At Avignon, where he appeared in August 1352, Rienzi was tried by three cardinals, and was sentenced to death, but this judgment was not carried out, and he remained in prison in spite of appeals from Petrarch for his release.
These, together with Benedict's revolting cardinals, summoned a general council at Pisa.
Received the cardinal archbishop of Bordeaux and determined to support the cardinals at Pisa against both popes.
As secretary to the conclave which assembled in the monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore at Venice, Consalvi had the difficult task of corresponding with the various governments and organizing the assembly at a time when the Revolution had confused all issues and reduced the individual cardinals to beggary.