Bertrand (or Bertrandi), Jean (1)

Bertrand (Or Bertrandi), Jean (1), a French, prelate, was born in 1470. Originating from one of the more ancient families of Toulouse; he was appointed capitoul of that city in 1519, second president of Parliament in 1533, and in 1536 first president. The favor of Anne of Montmorency made him, in 1538, third president of the Parliament of Paris, of which he became first president in 1550. After the disgrace of chancellor Oliver, the favor of Diana of Poitiers made him guard, of the seals. Having become a widower, he entered the ecclesiastical profession, and was first bishop of Cominges, then archbishop of Seas, and finally cardinal, in 1557, at the recommendation of Henry II. He died, at Venice in 1560, on his return from Rome, where he had assisted at the election of pope Pius IV. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Biog. Universelle, s.v.

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