Hugh of Die

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Gregorian reformer, archbishop; called also Hugh of Romans; b. c. 1040; d. Susa, Italy, October 1106. He was ordained and served as precentor of the Cathedral of Lyons. He was consecrated bishop of Die in 1074 and was translated to the archbishopric of Lyons in 108283. From 1075 to 1087 he was papal legate in France and, in addition, from 108283 he was primate of the French Church. A stern and uncompromising advocate of Pope gregory vii's Church reforms, Hugh battled successfully with both the French hierarchy and the French monarchy to secure the objectives of the reform in France (see investiture struggle). After Gregory VII's death, Hugh criticized his successor, Pope victor iii, for compromising the principles of the gregorian reform. As a result, Hugh was excommunicated at the Council of Benevento (Aug. 29, 1087). He was soon reconciled, however, and in 1094 Pope urban ii restored him to the post of papal legate. In 109596 Hugh accompanied Urban on his tour through France. As a leading advocate of monastic reform, Hugh was an early patron and supporter of the cistercians, and became that order's first protector. In 1100 Hugh went on crusade to the Holy Land.

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