University professor, historian of the Gregorian Reform; b. Montpellier, France, Nov. 19, 1884; d. there, Nov. 20, 1951. He studied in Paris, becoming a doctor of letters in 1912. He was professor of medieval history at Montpellier from 1919 to 1946 and a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres from 1941 until his death. He began his career with the publication of his dissertation Le Règne de Philippe Ier, roi de France, 1060–1106 (Paris 1912). Shortly afterward he centered his interest on the history of gregory vii and the gregorian reform and produced La Polémique religieuse à l'époque de Grégoire VII (Paris 1914), Les Prégrégoriens (1916), Saint Grégoire VII (1920), and the trilogy La Réforme grégorienne (1924–27). He contributed La Chrétienté médiévale to the series Histoire du monde, edited by Cavaignac, L'Évolution de l'Europe 883 à 1125 to the Glotz series, and numerous journal articles. His greatest undertaking was the Histoire de l'Église depuis les origines jusqu'à nos jours, a series on the history of the Church that he planned and organized with the cooperation of Msgr. Victor martin. The first volume appeared in 1934. Before his death Fliche had edited 15 volumes, written by a number of Catholic historians selected for this scholarship. Fliche lectured widely throughout Europe; his work was recognized by Pope Pius XII and several European universities.
Bibliography: c. e. perrin, Revue Historique 208 (1952) 382–383. j. r. palanque, La Vie intellectuelle 25 (June 1953) 139–153. Études médiévales offertes à M. le doyen A. F. de l'Institut par ses amis, ses anciens élèves (Paris 1952).
[j. j. muzas]