Peter (St) of Tarentaise

Peter (St.) Of Tarentaise a French prelate, was born in 1102 at Saint-Maurier de l'Exile, diocese of Vienne. He was one of the first monks of the abbey founded in 1117 at Bonnevaux by Gui de Bourgogne, archbishop of Vienne. The abbe Jean, his superior, sent him in 1132 to found in Savoy the abbey of Tamie, which he governed for ten years, at the end of which he was called, by the advice of St. Bernard, to the bishopric of Tarentaise, now Moutiers (1142). After having worked thirteen years to repress grave disorders in this diocese, Peter went in 1155 to conceal himself in a monastery of his order in Germany, where he hoped to live unknown; but he was soon discovered, and constrained to return to his Church. He employed himself fortunately in extinguishing the war which had arisen between Humbert III, count of Savoy, and Alphonse Taillefer, son of Alphonse Jourdain, count of Toulouse; and, although a vassal of the emperor Frederick, he sustained the part of pope Alexander III without quarrelling with that prince. This pope brought him to Italy, where he acquired great influence, and employed him to negotiate peace between the young Henry, crowned king of England, and king Henry his father. Peter died May 3,1174, at Belleveaux, diocese of Besancon. The Church honors his memory May 8, Celestin III having canonized him in 1191. See Fontenay, Hist. de l'Eglise Gallic. volume 9; Acta Sanctorum, May; Baillet, Vies des Saints, 8 Mai; Lenain, Hist. de Citeaux, 2:83. — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 40:139.

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