Oliba of Vic

Oliba Of Vic, a French prelate, was born in the latter part of the 10th century. His father, who was also called Oliba or Oliva, was count of Cerdagne and Besalu. Abandoning to his older brothers. Bernard and Guifroi, the estates of Besalu and Cerdagne, young Oliba became a monk, and in 1009 was appointed abbe of Ripol, as well as of St. Michel de Cusan, in the diocese of Elne. In 1019 we see him at the same time abbe of Ripol, of Lusan, and bishop of Ausone, or of Vie, then belonging to the see of Narbonne. in Spain. Oliba died in 1047. All agree in praising his conduct as a bishop and an abbe. He was a powerful prelate; learned, discreet, a skillful .and vigilant administrator. Several years before his death he abdicated the bishopric of Vie. The Histoire Litteraire, which counts him among the number of French writers, mentions several letters of Oliba. published by Baluze in his Appendice to the Marca Hispanica, upon statutes, and a treatise upon the Cycle Pascal, which is unpublished. See Gallia Christ. vol. vi, col. 1098, Hist. Litter. de la France, 7:566.

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