Beauvais, Councils of

Beauvais, Councils Of (Concilium Bellovacense). Of these there were several.

I. Held in April, 845. Ten bishops were present. Hincmar was here elected to the archbishopric of Rheims, which had been vacant ten years. A sort of agreement (consisting of eight articles) was drawn up between Hincmar and Charles, the king, which the latter promised to observe religiously. See Labbe, Concil. 7, 1811.

II. Held Dec. 6, 1114, by Conon, legate and cardinal, assisted by the bishops of three provinces. Here sentence of excommunication was passed upon the emperor, Henry V, and Thomas Seigneur de Marle, accused of cruelty and robbery. Several decrees made by the later popes, for the preservation of Church property, and others relating to discipline, called for by the circumstances of the times, were renewed; also the case of certain heretics was discussed, whom the populace had burned at Soissons, without waiting for the sentence of the ecclesiastical court, fearing that it would be too lenient. The case of Godfrey, who had left his bishopric of Amiens, and retired to the monastery of Chartreuse, was deferred for consideration at a future council. See Labbe, Concil. 10 797.

III. Held in October, 1120, by the legate Conon and the bishops of three provinces. At this council, the canonization of Arnulphus, bishop of Soissons, took place. The then bishop of Soissons, holding in his hand thee book containing the life of Arnulphus, certified to the truth of its contelnts. The day was then settled, with the abbot of Oudenbourg, on which the body of Arnulphus should be raised from the ground; and this was accordingly done May 1 of the next year. See Labbe, Concil. 10, 882.

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