Henri de Verdun

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Henri de Verdun was bishop of Liège from 1075 to 1091. He owed his election to the influence of his relative Godfrey IV, Duke of Lower Lorraine, with the Emperor Henry IV.[1]

Henri took part in the Synod of Worms 1076.[2] He was instrumental in refortifying Mirwart castle, which brought enmity from the abbey of Saint-Hubert.[3]

Despite being an imperial supporter in the Investiture Controversy, he built up his diocese by acquisitions (e.g. of Waremme[4] in 1078, Donceel[5]). Internally he operated as guardian of the Peace of God from 1081,[6] and instituted a court system.[7]


  1. ^ Robinson 1999, p. 253.
  2. ^ Geary 2010, p. 579.
  3. ^ Gislebertus 2005, p. 8.
  4. ^ Liège - Les anciennes Bonnes Villes de la principauté
  5. ^ Donceel (Municipality, Province of Liège, Belgium)
  6. ^ [1], in French.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 November 2005. Retrieved 20 November 2005. 


  • Geary, Patrick J., ed. (2010). Readings in Medieval History (4th ed.). University of Toronto Press. 
  • Gislebertus (2005). Chronicle of Hainaut. Translated by Napran, Laura. The Boydell Press. 
  • Robinson, I. S. (1999). Henry IV of Germany 1056-1106. Cambridge University Press. 
  • H. Vanderlinden, Le tribunal de la paix de Henri de Verdun (1082) et la transformation de la principauté de Liège, in Mélanges Henri Pirenne (1926), 2:589-96.