François II de Nesmond

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François II de Nesmond (1629–1715) was a French bishop of Bayeux, noted for his reformist principles drawing on the Counter-Reformation as laid down by the Council of Trent.


He was bishop in Bayeux from 1661 for the rest of his life. In 1693 he founded the seminary there.[1] In Bayeux Cathedral he undertook construction from 1700 of a rood screen, and a central tower by Jacques Moussard.[2] He also founded in 1700 the chapel of the Augustinians.[3]

He condemned the writings of the theologian Pierre Cally at the University of Caen as tending to heresy.[4]


Further reading[edit]

  • Ludovic Balavoine, Le système bénéficial du diocèse de Bayeux sous l'épiscopat de François de Nesmond (1662-1715), Histoire, économie et société ISSN 0752-5702, 2009, no. 2, pp. 3–13.