Gerauld Hugues

Gerauld Hugues, a French priest of evil name in the 13th century, first mentioned as chaplain of pope Clement V. He afterwards became archdeacon of Eu, in the diocese of Rouen. Clement V finally appointed him bishop of Cahors, in consideration, it is said, of a large sum of money. He soon, however, took advantage of his position to despoil the inhabitants of his diocese, and pope John XXII appointed the bishops of Riez and Arras to investigate the charges against Gerauld. Accused of simony, of ingratitude towards the see of Rome, of cruelty to those who appealed from his decisions, of spoliation, and of criminal connection with women, he was condemned to prison for life. Ans author of that period, Bernard Guifdonis, says that Gerauld, after being stripped of the insignia of his office, was condemned to be dragged on the public highway, flayed in some parts, and finally burned alive. The execution took place in July 1317. See Raynaldus, anno 1317; Martene, Veterum Scriptorum, s.v, page 174; Bzovius, Num. 16; Duchesne, Histoire des Cardinaux francuis, t. 2, p. 290. — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 20:185.

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