Denis-Simon de Marquemont
In 1594 he travelled to Rome as secretary to Jacques Davy Duperron. When Duperron left Rome, de Maquemont remained behind, by order of Henry IV, as counsellor to the French ambassador to the Holy See. At various times he was appointed acting ambassador and was so effective, the King determined that the regular ambassador should not make any significant decisions without de Marquemont's advice.
He was ordained a priest in 1603 at the age of 31 and in 1612 he was appointed Archbishop of Lyon.
In 1616, de Marquemont caused some controversy when he decreed that sisters of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary would no longer be allowed to live semi-cloistered lives but would instead be forced to "observe strict enclosure" like other female orders. This was despite his personal friendship with the order's founder, Francis de Sales.
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