He was a supporter of Emperor Henry IV from 1073. In 1074 the papal legates Gerald of Ostia and Hubert of Palestrina put pressure on him to hold a local synod; he resisted, was suspended, and by 1075 his views against papal interference with bishops had hardened. With Benno II of Osnabrück he commissioned the anti-papal polemic of Wido of Osnabrück, around 1085. Liemar was one of many bishops who was irked by Gregory VII's encroachment of episcopal autonomy. In a letter to Bishop Hezilo of Hildesheim, Liemar complained that Pope Gregory VII was ordering his bishops about 'as though they were his baliffs'.
- Uta-Renate Blumenthal, The Investiture Controversy: Church and Monarchy from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century (1988), p. 111.
- I. S. Robinson, Authority and Resistance in the Investiture Contest: The Polemical Literature of the Late Eleventh Century, pp. 126, 169.
- Robinson, p. 152, 159.
- I.S. Robinson, Gregory VII and episcopal authority
LiemarBorn: unknown in Bavaria? Died: 16 May 1101 in Bremen
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Adalbert, Count Palatine of Saxony
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