Nogaret, Guillaume De

Nogaret, Guillaume De a French statesman, is noted in ecclesiastical history for his connection as leader with the coup-d'etat for the dethronement of pope Boniface VIII. Nogaret was born about 1260. He became chancellor of France under Philip the Fair, and died in 1313. The surprise and imprisonment of the pope was brought about Sept. 7, 1303, in the city of Anagni. Very recently Messieurs Boutaric and Natalis de Wailly — two devoted historical students have tried, though in vain, to extenuate Nogaret's act of violence to Boniface by pointing out that Philip's victory over the papacy was the resultant rather of the death of Boniface and the pacific intentions of his successor in the papacy, Benedict XI, than the daring coup-de-main of Nogaret. SEE BONIFACE VIII; and compare Revue des deux Mondes, March 15, 1872.

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