Raymond de Gaufredi

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Raymond de Gaufredi (died 1310) was a Friar Minor from Provence. A sympathizer with the Franciscan Spirituals, he became Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor in 1289. On the death of Pope Nicholas IV in 1292, he felt able to relax the sanctions against the Spirituals. He was responsible in particular for the release from prison of Roger Bacon.[1] Angelo da Clareno and some of his followers were exiled to Armenia. He nominated Pierre Jean Olivi for a teaching position at the University of Montpellier.[2]

Gaufredi was also a supporter of the Franciscan tertiary Ramón Llull.[3] He was deposed as Minister General by Pope Boniface VIII, in 1295.[4]

Some alchemical writings have been attributed to him.


  1. ^ TheHistoryNet | Science & Engineering | Roger Bacon
  2. ^ [1]: "... promotion by the Minister General, Friar Matthew of Acquasparta, and Friar Raymond Gaufredi to the position of Lector of Theology, first (1287) in the general School of S. Croce in Florence and then (1289) in that of Montpellier."
  3. ^ [2], [3].
  4. ^ [4]: "Raimondo even ventured to revise the general constitutions at the General Chapter of Paris in 1292, whereupon, having refused the Bishopric of Padua offered him by Boniface VIII, he was compelled by the pope to resign his office."

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Matthew of Aquasparta
Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor
Succeeded by
Giovanni Minio de Murovalle