Palu, Pierre De La

Palu, Pierre De La (Paludanus, or Petrus de Palude), a patriarch of Jerusalem, was born in Valambon, Bresse, about 1277. Son ofGerard de la Palu, a nobleman of Valambon, he entered the order of St. Dominic at Paris, taught with success in that university, and became in 1317 definitor of the province of France. In the following year John XXII appointed him nuncio to Flanders to make a treaty of peace; but he did not succeed in this negotiation, which, on the contrary, created many enemies. In 1330 the same pope consecrated him patriarch of Jerusalem and administrator of the bishopric of Nicosia, in Cyprus. Pierre went immediately to Palestine, and neglected nothing to engage the sultan of Egypt to show himself more favorable to Christians. His efforts remaining without success he returned to France, and preached in 1331 a new crusade; but his appeal was not heard. He was at the same time appointed apostolic administrator of the bishopric of Couserans. He died in Paris Jan. 31, 1342. This prelate has left a great number of works; the principal ones are, Commentaires upon the third and fourth books of the Sentences of P. Lombard (Venice, 1493; Paris, 1514, 1517, fol., and 1530, 2 vols. fol.): — Concordances sur la Somme de St. Thomas (Salamanca, 1552, fol.): — Sermons, de Tempore et Sanctis (Antwerp, 1571; fol.): — Traite de la Pitissance ecclesiastique (Paris, 1506, fol.). See Echard et Quetif, Script. ordinis Praedicatorum; Touron, Hist. des Hommes illustres de Saint-Dominique 2:223-237.

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