Hugo of Breteuil

Hugo of Breteuil was born near the opening of the 11th century, and was educated as a theologian at the school in Chartres. He was made bishop of Langres by king Robert some time in the first months of 1031. Conducting himself in a manner unworthy of his high position in the Church, he was finally accused of adultery and homicide, and other even more atrocious crimes, and was brought to trial before a council at Rheims. At first he braved the accusations, and sought to defend himself; but, finding that the proof against him was impossible of contradiction, he finally fled, and was punished with excommunication. To expiate his crimes he went on foot to Rome, where he procured an audience with pope Leo IX, and obtained pardon. On his return home he died at Biterne, France,. March 16, 1051. He is the author of an interesting letter On the Errors of Berenger (published as an appendix to the works of Lanfranc). — Hist. Litt. de la France, 7, 438; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Gen. 25, 428 sq.

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