Eudes de Sully

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Odo of Sully, (French: Eudes de Sully, Odon de Sully, Odo de Sully; Latin: Odo de Solleiro, Odo de Soliaco)[1][2] (died 1208) was bishop of Paris, from 1198 to 1208.


On the political stage, he came into conflict with French king, Philip Augustus, over Philip's intended repudiation of his wife.[3]

As a churchman, he continued the building work on Notre Dame de Paris. He is considered the first to have emphasized the elevation of the host during the Catholic Mass.[4] In 1175, he forbade communion for children.[5] Odo's decree on custody of reserved hosts, requiring a "clean pyx", was influential in England.

In surviving decrees, he, as bishop, is seen addressing a number of social matters. He attempted to regulate celebrations in his cathedral,[6] Christmas[7] and the Feast of Fools.[8] He also tried to ban chess.[9]

He also known for his promotion of polyphony in church, and the music of Pérotin.[10]

He was a founder of the abbey that became Port-Royal.[11]


His brother Henry de Sully was archbishop of Bourges. Their father, also Eudes of Sully, was son of William of Blois, lord of Sully.[12]

His predecessor, Maurice de Sully, was not a close family connection.


Eudes' synodal decrees appear in volume 22 of Giovanni Domenico Mansi's Sacrorum conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio , 53 vols., Graz : Akademische Druck- u. Verlangsanstalt, 1961. More recently Odette Pontal produced a critical edition of these statutes in Les statuts synodaux Français du XIIIe siècle. Tome 1: Les Statuts de Paris et le synodal de l'ouest. Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, 1971.

  • Cheney, C. R., English Synodalia, London, Oxford University Press, 1968, discussing the impact of these statutes in England.


  1. ^ Odo de Soliaco, VIAF (Virtual International Authority File)
  2. ^ EUDES de Sully: The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines records the election of "Henricus...frater Odo cantor Bituricensis in episcopum Parisiensem, post magistrum Mauritium eligitur" in 1196, specifying that they were both brothers of "Egidii de Solleiro"
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia: Paris
  5. ^ History Of The Christian Church*
  6. ^ PDF, p. 174, against mummers, maskers and excessive bell-ringing.
  7. ^ Ensemble Anonymus — Tempus Festorum
  8. ^ CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Feast of Fools
  9. ^ Chess - LoveToKnow 1911
  10. ^ [1], in French, 1198.
  11. ^ PDF
  12. ^ Cawley, Charles, Central France, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012 ,[better source needed]

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