Ancient Diocese of Lodève

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The Bishopric of Lodève is a former Roman Catholic diocese in southern France. Its episcopal see was located in Lodève, in the modern department of Hérault. Its territory is now part of the archdiocese of Montpellier.

History[edit]

Since the 14th century local tradition has made St. Florus first bishop of Lodève, and relates that as a disciple of St. Peter, he afterwards evangelized Haute-Auvergne and died in the present village of Saint-Flour.

Bishops of Lodève have existed since 421; the first historically known bishop is Maternus, who was present at the Council of Agde in 506. Among the bishops of Lodève are: St. George (863-884), previously a Benedictine monk; St. Fulcran (949-1006), who in 975 dedicated the cathedral of St. Genès and founded the Abbey of St. Sauveur; the Dominican inquisitor Bernard Gui (1324-1331); Cardinal Guillaume d'Estouteville (1450-1453), who played an important part as papal legate, also in the rehabilitation of Joan of Arc; the brothers Guillaume Briçonnet (1489-1516) and Denis Briçonnet (1516-1520).

A Brief of 16 June 1877, authorized the bishops of Montpellier to call themselves bishops of Montpellier, Béziers, Agde, Lodève, and Saint-Pons (Saint-Pons-de-Thomières), in memory of the different former suffragan dioceses at that date united in the present Diocese of Montpellier, the present metropolitan archbishopric of Montpellier.

Bishops of Lodève[edit]

To 1000[edit]

  • Saint Florus ?
  • Ranulphus ? 492
  • Maternus 506
  • Deutere 535
  • Edibius ? 557
  • Agrippin 589
  • Leonce 610
  • Anatole 633
  • Firmin 652
  • Ansemond 683
  • Eugenius ? 694
  • Bernechaire ? 711
  • Michel ? 769
  • Nebridius ?
  • Sisemond 817
  • Sylvain 824
  • Radulphus 840
  • Tatila 844
  • St. George 863-884 (Benedictine monk, who is known to have contributed in 861 for the foundation of l'abbaye de Vabres, by Raymond I, comte de Toulouse et de Rouergue
  • Macaire 884
  • Antgiaire 906
  • Rodulphus ?
  • Thierry 911-949
  • Saint Fulcran 949-1006

1000-1300[edit]

  • Mainfroi 1006-1015
  • Olombel 1015-1040
  • Bernard I. 1042-1049
  • Bernard II. 1050
  • Rostaing 1054-ca. 1075
  • Bernard III. de Prévenchères 1077-1099
  • Dieudonné I. de Caylus 1100-1102
  • Pierre I. de Raymond 1102-1154
  • Pierre II. de Posquières 1155-1161
  • Gaucelin de Raymond de Montpeyroux 1162-1182
  • Raymond I. Guilhem Madières 1162-1201
  • Pierre III. de Frottier 1200-1207
  • Pierre IV. de Lodève 1208-1238
  • Bertrand de Mornas 1237-1241
  • Guillaume I. de Cazouls 1241-1259
  • Raymond II. de Bellin 1259-1262
  • Raymond III. d'Astolphe de Rocozels 1263-1280
  • Bérenger I. de Boussages 1280-1284
  • Bérenger II. de Guitard 1285-1290
  • Bernard IV. Poitevin 1290-1292
  • Gaucelin de la Garde 1292-1296
  • Ithier 1296-1302

1300-1500[edit]

  • Dieudonné II. de Boussages 1302-1312
  • Bernard V. de Guitard 1313-1313
  • Guillaume II. du Puy 1314-1315
  • Guillaume III. de Mandagot 1316-1317
  • Gui de Perpignan 1317-1318
  • Jacques I. de Cabrerets de Coucots 1318-1322
  • Jean I. de Tixerandrerie 1322-1324
  • Bernard VI. de la Guionie (i.e. Bernard Gui) 1324-1331
  • Bernard VII. Dumas 1332-1348
  • Robert de la Vie 1348-1356
  • Gilbert de Montdragon 1357-1361
  • Aymeric d'Hugues 1361-1370
  • Gui de Malsec 1370-1371
  • Jean II. Gastel 1371-1374
  • Ferry Cassinel 1374-1382
  • Pierre V. Girard 1382-1385
  • Clément de Grammont 1385-1392
  • Guillaume IV. de Grimoard 1392-1398
  • Jean III. de la Vergne 1399-1413
  • Micuel Le Boeuf 1413-1430
  • Pierre VI. de la Treille 1430-1441
  • Jacques de Gaujac 1441-1450
  • Guillaume d'Estouteville 1450-1453
  • Jean de Corguilleray 1462-1488
  • Guillaume de Briçonnet 1489-1516

1500-suppression[edit]

  • Denis Briçonnet 1516-1520
  • René I. du Puy 1520-1524
  • Jean Mattei Giberti 1526-1528
  • Laurent Toscan 1528-1529
  • Lélio des Ursins de Céri 1537-1546
  • Gui Ascanio Sforza, Cardinal 1546-1547
  • Dominique du Gabre 1547-1557
  • Bernard VIII. del Bene 1558-1560
  • Michel II. Briçonnet 1560-1561
  • Claude Briçonnet 1561-1566
  • Pierre VII. de Barrault 1566-1569
  • Alphonse Vercelli 1570-1573
  • René II. de Biragne 1573-1580
  • Christophe de Lestang 1580-1602
  • Gérard de Rolin 1607-1611
    • François de Lévis Ventadour (Administrator ?)
    • Charles de Lévis-Vantadour (Administrator ?)
    • Anne de Lévis-Ventadour (Administrator ?)
  • Jean VI. Plantavit de la Pause 1625-1651
  • François de Bosquet 1648-1655
  • Roger de Harlay de Cési 1657-1669
  • Jean-Armand de Rotundis de Biscarras 1669-1671
  • Jean-Antoine de La Garde de Chambonas 1671-1690
  • Jacques-Antoine de Phelypeaux 1690-1732
  • Jean-Georges de Souillac 1732-1750
  • Jean-Félix-Henri de Fumel 1750-1790
  • Jean-Georges Gabriel de Levezou 1790-

Sources[edit]

  • Gallia Christiana  ;
  • Histoire de Lodève, by Ernest Martin