Rothad of Soissons

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Rothad of Soissons (died 869) was Bishop of Soissons. In a conflict of authority with Hincmar of Reims, he was deposed as bishop in 862/3, by the Synod of Soissons. The issue was whether Rothad, suffragan bishop to Hincmar, had the legal right to deprive a priest.[1]

Rothad was restored in 865 by Pope Nicholas I, through the papal legate Arsenius, Bishop of Orta.[2] The hearing in Rome of his case has been cited as the first judicial use of the False Decretals[3]


  1. ^ History of the Christian Church, Volume IV: Mediaeval Christianity. A.D. 590-1073. | Christian Classics Ethereal Library
  2. ^ "Hincmar". NNDB. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  3. ^ Boudinhon, Auguste (1911). "Decretals" . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 916.


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