Geoffroi De Loves

Geoffroi De Loves a French prelate, was born in the latter half of the 11th century. After the death of Yves, bishop of Chartres, the chapter of this Church elected Geoffroi to succeed him. Count Thibault, indignant at this election, concerning which he had not been consulted, drove the new bishop from the city, and pillaged the houses of the canons who had given him their votes. Robert of Arbrisselles appeased the count, and Geoffroi, a peaceable possessor of his bishopric. was consecrated at Rome by Pascal II, in 1116. He assisted at several councils, and distinguished himself by his eloquence. He had a contest with Geoffroi of Vendome, relative to the privileges of this abbey. If, we may credit Abelard, the bishop of Chartres was the only one, at the Council of Soissons, in 1121, who did not approve the rigor of which, he was the object. Nevertheless, twenty years later, he signed the condemnation of this philosopher. In 1127 he accompanied Ettienne de Senlis, bishop of Paris, to Rome, and in 1132 he received the authority of legate, in which position he was obliged to combat the partisans, in Aquitania, of the antipope Anacletus, and, with the aid of St. Bernard, succeeded in restoring to the subjection of pope Innocent, duke William, whom the bishop of Angouldme had involved in the schism. He received from the holy see various missions for the extirpation of schism and heresy, and always conducted himself in an irreproachable manner in the exercise of these functions. He died January 24, 1149. Some of his letters and charters have been collected in the Gallia Christiana. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog Generale, s.v.

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