Longueil, Richard Oliver De

Longueil, Richard Oliver De a French prelate, was born about 1410, of an illustrious family of Normandy. He was archdeacon of Eu, and became, in 1453, bishop of Coutances. Having been designated among other commissaries, by the pope, in 1455, to revise the proceeding in the case of Joan d'Arc, he exhibited great zeal in rehabilitating the memory of that female hero. King Charles VII sent him as ambassador to the duke of Burgundy, and placed him at the head of his council. He also obtained for Longueil from the pope, Calixtus III, the cardinal's hat, in 1456. In his devotion to the Church that prelate ventured to oppose in the parliament the Pragmatic Sanction, for which he was fined not less than 10,000 livres. Pius II gave him the bishoprics of Oporto and of St. Ruffina, also the legateship of Umbria, and made him archpriest of the basilica of St. Peter. He died at La P6rouse. August 15, 1470. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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