His pontificate was marked by protracted controversies with France and Portugal.
In the Senate there was a protracted struggle.
In 1420 it heroically withstood a protracted siege by Alphonso V.
If the enterprise were as heroic and commanding as it is protracted and unwearied!
The other leaders had, however, to promise him possession of the city, before he would bring his negotiations with Firuz to a conclusion; and the matter was so long protracted that an army of relief under Kerbogha of Mosul was only at a distance of three days' march, when the city was taken (June 3, 1098).