Achard (or Aigard)

Achard (Or Aigard)

usually surnamed of St. Victor, also of St. Clairvaux, bishop of Avranches, in Normandy, flourished in the 12th century. By some he is supposed to have been born at Bridlington, England, while others say that he was of Normandy. He was a regular canon of St. Augustine, and second abbot of St. Victorles-Pres; and was raised to the bishopric of Avranches in 1162. Acharnd was a great favorite with Henry II of England, who made him godfather to Eleanor, his daughter. His death occurred March 29, 1172 (or March 27, 1171); he was buried in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Abbey of Lucerne. His works are, Je Tentatione Christi (a MS. in the Library of St. Victor at Paris): De Divisione Animoe et Spiritus (in the same library); both these works are, according to Hook (Eccles. Biog.), also in the Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Sermons (preserved at Clairvaux): — and Life of St. Geselin (Douay, 1626, 12mo). Cave (Hist. Lit.), Ducaze, and Dupin attribute these works to Achardus, a Cistercian monk.

See also the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

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