Chaffault, Pierre Du

Chaffault, Pierre du a French canon, was elected March 10,1477, to the bishopric of Nantes. He would not accept the bishopric, except on condition that the differences between the duke and the bishop concerning the oath of fidelity should be terminated, which took place Dec. 27, 1477. He busied himself with the spiritual administration of his diocese, reviving the ancient statutes. He also caused a breviary and a missal to be printed at Venice. Du Chaffault made a journey to Rome in 1483, and remained there nearly two years. Duke Francis II of Brittany suspected him of collusion with Charles VIII of France, and he was watched during the siege of Nantes by the revolting French and Breton barons in 1487. He was imprisoned in his cathedral, which he continued to construct. He died Nov. 12, 1487, leaving a reputation for great holiness. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Générale, s.v.

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