Noyers, Guy De

Noyers, Guy De a French prelate of noble descent, lived in the 12th century. After having filled the offices of provost of Auxerre and archdeacon of Sens, he was confirmed archbishop of Sens by Alexander III in 1176. We find him in 1179 at the Lateran Council, and at the coronation of Philip Augustus in the church of Rheims. In 1180, on Ascension-day, he himself crowned, in the church of St. Denis, Isabella, wife of Philip. In this year, during the Christmas festivities, he again found himself near the king in the church of St. Denis, where they had a great debate. The Lateran Council having forbidden the Jews to own Christian slaves, Guy de Noyers pretended that he would execute this decree; the king, on his side, enjoined him to abstain from this affair, saying that any question relative to the condition of persons belonged to the civil court. But the archbishop would not understand the reasons given by the king, and the discussion grew so bitter that Philip, in anger, exiled him. However, this exile was of short duration. We see Guy de Noyers re-established upon his seat from the year 1181. He died Dec. 21, 1193. We have letters from Alexander III, Urban III, and from Stephen 'of Tournay, addressed to Guy de Noyers. M. Daunon justly calls Guy de Noyers one of the most learned prelates of his time; but he is wrong when he pretends that this prelate has left but two charters, published in vol. xii of the Gallia Christiana. The manuscript archives of the church of Sens offer us several other diplomas of the same archbishop. See Gallia Christiana, vol. xii, col. 53; Hist. Litt. de la France, 15:611.

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