Thiard, Henri De

Thiard, Henri de cardinal of Bissy, was born May 25, 1657, and at the age of twelve received the abbey of Noaille, in reward for his father's services to Louis XIV. He was educated at the Jesuit College of Dijon and at the Sorbonne, and was made doctor of theology in the latter. In 1687 he was named as bishop of Toul, but was not consecrated until 1692. In 1697 he was offered the archbishopric of Bordeaux, but declined; and soon afterwards was given the abbeys of Trois-Fontaines and Saint-Germain, and the bishopric of Meaux. He was raised to the cardinalate May 29, 1715. Other papal honors were subsequently conferred upon him. He died in Paris, July 26, 1737, having published numerous ecclesiastical works, for which see Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé, s.v.

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