Pope Urban V

Pope Urban V (Latin: Urbanus V; 1310 – 19 December 1370), born Guillaume de Grimoard,[1] was Pope from 28 September 1362 until his death in 1370 and was also a member of the Order of Saint Benedict. He was the sixth Avignon Pope, and the only Avignon pope to be beatified.

Even after his election as pontiff, he continued to follow the Benedictine Rule, living simply and modestly. His habits did not always gain him supporters who were used to lives of affluence.

Urban V pressed for reform throughout his pontificate and also oversaw the restoration and construction of churches and monasteries. One of the goals he set himself upon his election to the Papacy was the reunion of the Eastern and Western Churches.[2] He came as close as some of his predecessors and successors, but did not succeed.

Pope Blessed

Urban V
Bishop of Rome
Papa Urbanus Quintus
Papacy began28 September 1362
Papacy ended19 December 1370
PredecessorInnocent VI
SuccessorGregory XI
Consecration6 November 1362
by Andouin Aubert
Personal details
Birth nameGuillaume de Grimoard
Grizac, Languedoc, Kingdom of France
Died19 December 1370 (aged 60)
Avignon, Papal States
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Coat of armsUrban V's coat of arms
Feast day19 December
Venerated inCatholic Church
Title as SaintBlessed
Beatified10 March 1870
by Pope Pius IX
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Early life

Guillaume de Grimoard was born in 1310 in the Castle of Grizac in the French region of Languedoc (today part of the commune of Le Pont-de-Montvert, department of Lozère), the second son of Guillaume de Grimoard, Lord of Bellegarde, and of Amphélise de Montferrand.[3] He had two brothers, Étienne and Anglic, the future cardinal, and a sister Delphine.[4]

In 1327, Guillaume Grimoard became a Benedictine monk in the small Priory of Chirac, near his home,[5] which was a dependency of the ancient Abbey of St. Victor near Marseille. He was sent to St. Victor for his novitiate. After his profession of monastic vows, he was ordained a priest in his own monastery in Chirac in 1334. He studied literature and law at Montpellier, and then he moved to the University of Toulouse, where he studied law for four years. He earned a doctorate in Canon Law on 31 October 1342.[6]

He was appointed Prior of Nôtre-Dame du Pré (de Priorato) in the diocese of Auxerre by Pope Clement VI, which he held until his promotion to Saint-Germain en Auxerre in 1352. He began both disciplinary and financial reforms. His new bishop, Jean d'Auxois (1353-1359), however, in concert with the Archbishop of Sens, Guillaume de Melun, made heavy demands on their hospitality, and when the latter attempted to impose new exactions, which were resisted by Grimoard, the Archbishop physically abused the Prior, who nonetheless would not submit.[7] Prior Grimoard became Procurator-General for the Order of St. Benedict at the Papal Curia.[8]

He became a noted canonist, teaching at Montpellier, Paris and Avignon. He was appointed by the Bishop of Clermont, Pierre de Aigrefeuille (1349-1357) to be his Vicar General, which meant in effect that he ruled the diocese on behalf of the bishop. When Bishop Pierre was transferred to Uzès (1357-1366), Guillaume Grimond became Vicar General of Uzès.[9]

Guillaume was named abbot of the monastery of Saint-Germain en Auxerre on 13 February 1352 by Pope Clement VI.[10] In 1359 the town and abbey were captured by the English and subjected to heavy imposts.[11]

First Italian mission

In the summer of 1352 Pope Clement VI summoned Abbot Guillaume for an assignment. Northern Italy had been in a chaotic state for some time, thanks to the ambitions of the Visconti of Milan, led by Archbishop Giovanni Visconti. He had conquered much of Lombardy, seized the Papal city of Bologna, and was invading the borders of Florentine territory. In order to keep a hold on the territory for the Church, the Pope had hit on the scheme of making Archbishop Visconti his Vicar of Bologna for the present. He drew up an agreement on 27 April 1352, which absolved the Visconti of all their transgressions and signed away much of northern Italy.[12] The Pope even made the first payment on the subsidy which he was going to provide them. The Visconti, on their part, had no intention of observing the terms of the pact, one of which was the return of the Legation of Bologna to the Papacy, despite the fine words and promises they made in Avignon. On 26 July, Abbot Grimoard and Msgr. Azzo Manzi da Reggio, the Dean of the Cathedral of Aquileia, were presented with written instructions by Pope Clement to go to northern Italy as Apostolic nuncios to deal with the situation. Guillaume was to receive the city of Bologna from the Visconti, who were illegal occupiers, and hand it over to Giovanni Visconti as the Papal Vicar, and to threaten with ecclesiastical censures any parties who did not adhere to the treaty.[13] This he did on 2 October 1352. Guillaume was allotted 8 gold florins a day for his expenses, his associate Anzo only 4 florins. While he was in Milan he was also able to get the Archbishop to renew the treaty that was expiring with the King and Queen of Sicily.[14] He was back in Avignon in November 1352.

Second Italian mission

In 1354 Abbot Grimoard was sent to Italy again, this time to Rome, where there was business that needed to be transacted for the Apostolic Camera. There were also serious disorders in the Basilica of S. Peter which needed to be sorted out.[15]

In August 1361, he was elected the abbot of the Abbey of Saint-Victor in Marseille.[16] Despite the appointment, he continued to teach as a professor, at least for the next academic year.

Third Italian mission

Cardinal Gil Álvarez Carrillo de Albornoz had been sent to Italy in 1353, to bring under control the notorious Giovanni di Vico of Viterbo, as well as the Malatesta of Rimini and the Ordelaffi family of Forlì. In 1360 Abbot Guillaume was sent to assist him by dealing with Archbishop Visconti's nephew and successor, Bernabò Visconti. Their confrontation was so hostile and threatening that the Abbot left immediately and reported back to Pope Innocent the treachery of his vassal. The Pope sent him back to Italy immediately, but happily the utter defeat of Visconti's army which was besieging Bologna by Cardinal Albornoz eased the situation considerably.[17] Nonetheless, immediately after he was elected pope, Grimoard excommunicated Bernabò Visconti.[18] He returned to France, and retired to his castle of Auriol, where he was found on 10 June 1362.[19]

The reason for his retirement to Auriol is not far to seek. The plague was raging in southern France again in 1361 and 1362. Cardinal Pierre des Près died on 16 May 1361; Cardinal Petrus de Foresta, died on 7 June 1361; Cardinal Guillaume Farinier, died on 17 June 1361; Cardinal Guillaume Court, O.Cist., died on 12 June 1361; Cardinal Petrus Bertrandi, died on 13 July 1361; Cardinal Jean de Caraman, died on 1 August 1361; Cardinal Bernard de la Tour, died on 7 August 1361; Cardinal Francesco degli Atti, died on 25 August 1361; and Cardinal Pierre de Cros died in September 1361.[20] In addition it was estimated that some 6000 persons, and more than 100 bishops died in 1361.[21] Cardinal Nicolas Roselli (1357-1362) of Tarragona died at Majorca on 28 March 1362, though not of the plague.


Suddenly, however, Louis of Taranto, died on 25 May 1362. This set off a power struggle, with Queen Joanna attempting to get back the power she had lost to her husband, as well as a contest to see who her next husband would be. Abbot Guillaume was summoned to Avignon, where he was on 27 June, and sent to Naples to provide the advice and guidance as to the desires of the feudal overlord of Naples, Pope Innocent VI.[22]

During his trip to the south, he visited the great Benedictine abbey of Monte Cassino, where he was saddened to see the state into which it had fallen, both physically and organizationally, both from earthquakes and episcopal neglect. As soon as he became Pope he undertook to repair the situation,[23] and on 31 March 1367 he abolished the diocese of Cassino and restored the monastery to the complete control of its Abbot.[24]

Election and papacy

In September 1362, then, Grimoard was Apostolic Nuncio in Italy when Pope Innocent VI died. Exactly where he was when the news reached him summoning him to Avignon is unknown. Naples is just a guess; other possibilities are Florence and Lombardy.[25]

Pope Innocent VI died on 12 September 1362. The Conclave to elect his successor opened on 22 September, the Feast of Saint Maurice, in the Apostolic Palace in Avignon. Twenty of the twenty-one cardinals were in attendance. Only Cardinal Albornoz remained at his post in Italy. Of the twenty cardinals eighteen were French in origin, six of them Limousin. Ten of the twenty-one cardinals were papal relatives. The influence of the Limousin cardinals was somewhat diminished since their homeland had recently become subject to English occupation, which frightened the thirteen cardinals who were subjects of the King of France.[26] Both Cardinals Hélie de Talleyrand and Guy de Boulogne considered themselves to be electable.

Matteo Villani, the Florentine chronicler, says[27] that fifteen cardinals were prepared to elect, or actually elected, Hugues Roger, OSB, a Limousin and the brother of Pope Clement VI, who was Chamberlain of the College of Cardinals. Cardinal Hugues declined the offer. Villani is the only source that reports this version of events. This story, moreover, contradicts the report of Jean de Froissart,[28] who claims that a stalemate developed between Talleyrand and Guy de Boulogne, such that members of neither party could get the required two-thirds of the votes. It was apparently one of the Limousin Cardinals, Guillaume d'Aigrefeuille, who directed the attention of the cardinals to Abbot Guillaume Grimoard.[29] On 28 September, they elected Grimoard as the new Pope.[30] He was not initially informed of the result, instead he was requested to return immediately to Avignon to "consult" with the Conclave. The cardinals feared the reaction of the Romans to the election of another French pope, and so kept the results of the election secret until Grimoard's arrival a month later, at the end of October. The Romans had been clamoring for some time for a Roman, or at least Italian, pope, and it was feared they would interfere with Guillaume's travel had they known of his election.[31] Upon his arrival, Grimoard accepted his election and took the pontifical name of Urban V. When asked the reason for the selection of his new name, Grimoard was alleged to have said: "All the popes who have borne this name were saints".

Grimoard was not even a bishop at the time of his election, and had to be consecrated before he could be crowned. This was done on 6 November by Cardinal Andouin Aubert,[32] the Bishop of Ostia, a nephew of Grimoard's predecessor, Innocent VI. The Bishop of Ostia had the traditional right to consecrate a pope a bishop. At the conclusion of the consecration Mass, Urban V was crowned. There is no record of who it was who placed the crown on his head. The right to do so belonged to the Cardinal Protodeacon, who was Cardinal Guillaume de la Jugié, a nephew of Pope Clement VI. Urban V was the sixth pope in the Avignon Papacy.

Urban V kept on another papal nephew, Arnaud Aubert, the nephew of Pope Innocent VI. He had been given the very important position of Papal Chamberlain, the head of the Church's financial department, by his uncle in 1361. He continued in that office throughout the reign of Urban VI and also that of Gregory XI, until 1371.[33] In addition to the management of the papal household, the office made Aubert the temporal Vicar for the Pope in the diocese of Avignon and the Administrator of the Comtat-Venaissin.

In 1363-1364 the winter was so cold, especially in January, February and March, that the Rhone froze over to the extent that people and vehicles could travel across the ice. The Pope, however, announced that he would excommunicate anyone who attempted to do so, fearing that people might accidentally fall in and be drowned. Near Carcassone, a man froze to death while travelling on his horse, though the horse was able to make it back to its accustomed stable with the dead man on its back. Many of the poor, women, and children died of the cold.[34]

A bolognino of Urban V.

Reformer and patron of education

As Pope, Urban V continued to follow the discipline of the Benedictine Rule and to wear his monastic habit.[5] Urban V worked against absenteeism, pluralism and simony, while seeking to improve clerical training and examination.[35] It must be kept in mind, however, that, with the training of a monk, reform was a matter of return to ideal values and principles through discipline, not a matter of striking out with new solutions. With the training of a lawyer, reform was a matter of codifying and enforcing established decisions and precedents.

Pope Urban V introduced considerable reforms in the administration of justice and liberally patronized learning. He founded a university in Hungary. He granted the University of Pavia the status of Studium Generale (14 April 1363).[36] In Toulouse, he granted the Theology Faculty the same rights as possessed by the University of Paris.[37] In Montpellier, he restored the school of medicine and founded the College of Saint Benedict, whose church, decorated with numerous works of art, later became the cathedral of the city. He founded a collegiate church in Quézac,[38] and a church and library in Ispagnac. On a hilltop near Bédouès, the parish in which the Château de Grisac is situated, he built a church where the bodies of his parents were buried, and, we are informed by a papal bull of December 1363, he instituted a college of six canon-priests, along with a deacon and a subdeacon.[39]

Urban V issued a preliminary consent for the establishment of the University of Kraków, which by September 1364 had gained full papal consent.[40] He provided books and the best professors to more than 1,000 students of all classes. Around Rome, he also planted vineyards.

He imposed the penalty of excommunication on anyone who molested the Jews or attempted forcible conversion and baptism.[41]

Military campaigns

The great feature of Urban V's reign was the effort to return the papacy to Rome and to suppress its powerful rivals for the temporal sovereignty there. He began by sending his brother, Cardinal Angelicus Grimoard, as Papal Legate in northern Italy.[42] In 1362 Urban ordered a crusade to be preached throughout Italy against Bernabò Visconti, Giangaleazzo Visconti and their kindred, accused as robbers of the church's estate. In March 1363 Bernabò was declared a heretic.[43] However, Pope Urban found it necessary to purchase peace in March of the following year, sending the newly created Cardinal Androin de la Roche, former Abbot of Cluny, as Apostolic Legate to Italy to arrange the business.[44] Then, through the mediation of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, Urban lifted his excommunication against Bernabò, obtaining Bologna only after he signed a hasty peace that was highly favorable to Bernabò.

In May 1365 the Emperor Charles visited Avignon, where he appeared with the Pope in full imperial regalia. He then proceeded to Arles, which was one of his domains, where he was crowned King by the Archbishop, Pierre de Cros, OSB.[45]

Urban V's greatest desire was that of a crusade against the Turks. In 1363, King John II of France and Peter I, the King of Cyprus, came to Avignon, and it was decided that there should be a war against the Turks.[46] It was Urban and Peter who was most eager for the crusade; the French were exhausted by recent losses in the Hundred Years' War, and some of their leaders were still being held prisoner in England. The Pope held a special ceremony on Holy Saturday, 1363, and bestowed the crusader's cross on the two kings, and on Cardinal Hélie de Talleyrand as well. John II was appointed Rector and Captain General of the expedition.[47] Cardinal de Talleyrand was appointed Apostolic Legate for the expedition, but he died on 17 January 1364, before the expedition could set out.[48] Assembling the army proved an impossible task, and King John returned to prison in England. He died in London on 8 April 1364.[49]

King Peter of Cyprus, disappointed by King John's return to captivity in England and the death of Cardinal de Talleyrand, collected whatever soldiers he could, and in 1365 launched a successful attack on Alexandria (11 October 1365). Additional support was not forthcoming, however, and seeing that the enemy vastly outnumbered the crusaders, he ordered the sacking and burning of the city, and then withdrew. He continued to harass the coasts of Syria and Egypt until he was assassinated in 1369. Urban, however, played no part in the crusade or its aftermath.[50]

Amadeus of Savoy and Louis of Hungary also put together a crusade in Urban's reign in 1366. Initially they were successful, and Amadeus even captured Gallipoli. But despite initial successes, each was forced to withdraw.[51]

To Rome and back

Continued troubles in Italy, as well as pleas from figures such as Petrarch and St. Bridget of Sweden, caused Urban V to set out for Rome, only to find that his Vicar, Cardinal Albornoz had just died. He conducted the remains of the Cardinal to Assisi, where they were buried in the Basilica of Saint Francis. The Pope reached the City of Rome on 16 October 1367, the first pope in sixty years to set foot in his own diocese. He was greeted by the clergy and people with joy, and despite the satisfaction of being attended by the Emperor Charles IV in St. Peter's, and of placing the crown upon the head of the Empress Elizabeth (1 November 1378),[52] it soon became clear that by changing the seat of his government he had not increased its power. In Rome he was nonetheless able to receive the homage of King Peter I of Cyprus, Queen Joan I of Naples and the confession of faith by the Byzantine Emperor John V Palaeologus,[53] Bridget of Sweden, who was living in Rome and attempting to get approval for a new religious order, the Bridgettines,[54] had actually appeared before the Pope at Montefiascone in 1370, as he was preparing to return to France, and, in the presence of Cardinal Pierre Roger de Beaufort, the future pope, predicted the death of the Pope if he should leave Rome.[55] And he did die.

Unable any longer to resist the urgency of the French cardinals, and despite several cities of the Papal States still being in revolt, Urban V boarded a ship at Corneto heading for France on 5 September 1370, arriving back at Avignon on the 24th of the same month. A few days later he fell severely ill. Feeling his death approaching, he asked that he might be moved from the Papal Palace to the nearby residence of his brother, Angelic de Grimoard, whom he had made a cardinal, that he might be close to those he loved. He died there on 19 December 1370.[56] He had been pope for eight years, one month, and nineteen days.[57] His body was initially placed in the Chapel of John XXII in the Cathedral of S. Marie de Domps in Avignon. On 31 May 1371 his remains were transferred to the monastery of Saint-Victor in Marseille, where he had built a splendid tomb for himself.[58]


Pope Gregory XI opened the cause of beatification of his predecessor. Urban V's claimed miracles and his virtues were documented.[59] But the cause stopped in 1379 in Rome. It stopped in Avignon in 1390, under the orders of the antipope Clement VII. The Western Schism caused the process to stop, but it was revived centuries later, and led to the beatification of Urban V on 10 March 1870 by Pope Pius IX.[5] His feast day is celebrated on 19 December, the day of his death. This was decided upon by a General Chapter of the Benedictine Order held in 1414.[60]

See also


  1. ^ Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes, (HarperCollins, 2000), 243.
  2. ^ "Blessed Pope Urban V". Saint of the Day. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  3. ^ Jean-Baptiste Magnan (1863). Histoire d'Urbain V et de son siècle... (in French) (deuxieme ed.). Paris: A. Bray. p. 83.
  4. ^ Th. Roussel (1857). "De la cathedrale de Mende et du Pape Urbain V". Bulletin de la Société des Lettres, Sciences et Arts du Département de la Lozère. 8: 15–27, at 18–19. Cf. Joseph Hyacinthe Albanès (1865). Entrée solennelle du pape Urbain V à Marseille en 1365: programme de la fête, dressé par le conseil de la ville, texte provençal inédit du XIVe siècle, notes historiques et pièces justificatives (in French). Marseille: Boy-Estellon. p. 64.
  5. ^ a b c Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes, 243. Chaillan, pp. 6-7.
  6. ^ Chaillan, p. 9.
  7. ^ Chaillan, p. 12, 15-16.
  8. ^ Chaillan, p. 12, as recalled by Cardinal Guy de Boulogne in his funeral oration for Urban V.
  9. ^ Chaillan, p. 11.
  10. ^ Lecacheux, pp. 409-410.
  11. ^ Ch. Lefleuve (1843). Histoire de Saint Germain d'Auxerrois, patron de la paroisse du Louvre et de la ville d'Auxerre (in French). Paris: Debécourt. pp. 401–407.
  12. ^ Augustin Theiner (1862). Codex diplomaticus dominii temporalis S. Sedis: 1335-1389 (in French and Latin). Tome second. Rome: Imprimerie du Vatican. pp. 223–233, no. CCXX.
  13. ^ Gibbs, p. 170. Gibbs is wrong in suggesting that, for a few minutes, Grimoard was lord of Bologna. He was only a procurator, never a principal.
  14. ^ Lecacheux, p. 419 and n. 1; pp. 421-422.
  15. ^ Chaillan, p. 16. See the letter of Innocent VI of 1 August 1352, giving an extensive catalogue of troubles: Collectio Bullarum Sacrosanctae Basilicae Vaticanae (in Latin). Rome: Salvioni. 1747. pp. 346–348. Abbot Grimoard's commission, dated 10 April 1354, is quoted in full by Luigi Martorelli (1792). Storia del clero vaticano. Roma: stamperia Salomoni. pp. 197–198.
  16. ^ "Catholic Encyclopedia: Bl. Urban V". Newadvent.org. 1 October 1912. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  17. ^ Chaillan, pp. 18-19.
  18. ^ Gibbs, p. 170. Gibbs retails the story that Bernabò Visconti had forced Abbot Grimoard to eat the Pope's letter to him. On the excommunication: George L. Williams (2004). Papal Genealogy: The Families and Descendants of the Popes. Jefferson NC USA: McFarland. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7864-2071-1.
  19. ^ Chaillan, p. 20.
  20. ^ Matteo Villani, Cronica Liber X. capitolo LXXI, pp. 366-367 Dragomanni. Dates of death are given by Konrad Eubel (1898). Hierarchia catholica medii aevi (in Latin). Vol. I. Münster: sumptibus et typis librariae Regensbergianae. pp. 15–20.
  21. ^ Baluze (1693) I, 341 and 355, the "Secunda Vita Innocentis VI".
  22. ^ Chaillan, p. 20-21.
  23. ^ Luigi Tosti (1843). Storia della Badia di Monte-Cassino, 3: divisa in libri nove (in Italian). Naples: Stablimento Poligrafico di Filippo Cirelli. pp. 52–55.
  24. ^ Tomassetti, Aloysius, ed. (1859). Bullarum, diplomatum et privilegiorum sanctorum romanorum pontificum Taurinensis editio (in Latin) (Tomus IV ed.). Turin: Seb. Franco et Henrico Dalmazzo editoribus. pp. 523–524.
  25. ^ Others indicate he was actually in Florence when the Pope died: Augustin Fabre (1829). Histoire de Marseille (in French). Tome premier. Marseille: M. Olive. p. 446. The 'Third Life' of Urban V, by Petrus de Herentals, says: apud Lombardiam existente in legationem ('while serving on his Legation in Lombardy'). Baluze (1693), I, p. 413.
  26. ^ J. P. Adams, Sede Vacante 1362. Retrieved: 2016-06-12.
  27. ^ Cronica, Book XI, capitolo xxvi, p. 422 Dragomanni. Villani, however, says that there were twenty-one cardinals in the Conclave, and that it began on 28 September. One must question his reliability. Baluze (1693), I, p. 845. This would indicate that the two successful candidates were both Benedictines.
  28. ^ Chroniques, Premier Livre, § 500; Volume II, p. 78-79 ed. Luce.
  29. ^ Baluze (1693), I, p. 376, "Prima Vita Gregorii XI".
  30. ^ Chaillan, the biographer of Urban V, pp. 22-23, ignores the story of Villani about Hugues Roger in his narrative of the election of Guillaume Grimoard.
  31. ^ This theory requires that Grimoard be south of Rome. This theory ignores the possibility that other states in Italy would have preferred an Italian pope, and might have detained Grimoard.
  32. ^ Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes, 243.
  33. ^ Williman, Daniel (1977). "Letters of Etienne Cambarou, Camerarius Apostolicus (1347-1361)". Archivum Historiae Pontificiae. 15: 195–215, at p. 196. JSTOR 23563813.
  34. ^ Baluze (1693), I, p. 368, 418.
  35. ^ Joëlle Rollo-Koster,Thomas M. Izbicki, A Companion to the Great Western Schism, (Brill, Boston, 2009), 329.
  36. ^ Tomassetti, Aloysius, ed. (1859). Bullarum, diplomatum et privilegiorum sanctorum romanorum pontificum Taurinensis editio (in Latin) (Tomus IV ed.). Turin: Seb. Franco et Henrico Dalmazzo editoribus. p. 519.
  37. ^ Baluze (1693), I, p. 1057.
  38. ^ Louis Moréri (1740). Le grand dictionaire historique: ou, Le mélange curieux de l'histoire sacreé et profane (in French). Tome quatrieme (IV). Amsterdam: Chez P. Brunel. p. 213.
  39. ^ Abbé Couderc (1856). Notice sur l'église de Bédoués (in French). Toulouse: Imprimerie de J.-B. Cazaux. Félix Buffière (1985). Ce tant rude Gévaudan (in French). Société des lettres sciences et arts de la Lozère.
  40. ^ Jos. M. M. Hermans; Marc Nelissen (edd.) (January 2005). Charters of Foundation and Early Documents of the Universities of the Coimbra Group (in English and Latin) (second ed.). Leuven: Leuven University Press. pp. 60, 127. ISBN 978-90-5867-474-6.
  41. ^ Tomassetti, Aloysius, ed. (1859). Bullarum, diplomatum et privilegiorum sanctorum romanorum pontificum Taurinensis editio (in Latin) (Tomus IV ed.). Turin: Seb. Franco et Henrico Dalmazzo editoribus. pp. 522–523.
  42. ^ Franceschini, Gino (1954). Il Cardinale Angelico Grimoard e la sua opera di legato nella regione umbromarchigiana (in Italian). Perugia: Deputazione di storia patria per l'Umbria.
  43. ^ Muratori, p. 10.
  44. ^ Baluze (1693), I, p. 367.
  45. ^ Baluze (1693), I, p. 370.
  46. ^ Baluze's 'Third Life' of Pope Urban V, derived from the continuation of the chronicle of Canon Werner, states that the King of Cyprus entered Avignon on Wednesday 29 March, and took the cross on Holy Thursday; Baluze, I, p. 396.
  47. ^ Kenneth Meyer Setton (1976). The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571: The thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Volume I. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society. p. 245. ISBN 978-0-87169-114-9.
  48. ^ Baluze, I, p. 779 [ed Mollat, II, p. 281]. Eubel, I, p. 16.
  49. ^ Baluze (1693), I, p. 386 ('Third Life of Urban V').
  50. ^ Baluze (1693), I, p. 371-372. Richard Ernest Dupuy; Trevor Nevitt Dupuy (1986). The Encyclopedia of Military History from 3500 B.C. to the Present. New York: Harper & Row. p. 386. ISBN 978-0-06-181235-4.
  51. ^ Dupuy and Dupuy, p. 389.
  52. ^ Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes, 244.
  53. ^ Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Vasiliev, History of the Byzantine Empire, 324-1453, Vol. 2, (University of Wisconsin Press, 1980), 671.
  54. ^ She had founded a community in Sweden in 1346, but had refused to follow the regulations of the IV Lateran Council, that new orders had to adopt the Rule of some already established Order. Finally, against her wishes, the nuns adopted the Rule of S. Augustine, though Pope Urban VI in 1378 allowed her rule to be incorporated in the Rule of S. Augustine. Philip Sheldrake (2005). The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Westminster KY USA: Westminster John Knox Press. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-664-23003-6.
  55. ^ Chaillan, pp. 197-198.
  56. ^ Chaillan, pp. 202-204. "American Catholic.org "Blessed Pope Urban V". Americancatholic.org. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  57. ^ Baluze (1693), I, p. 363.
  58. ^ Baluze (1693), I, pp. 413 and 417.
  59. ^ Albanès, pp. 124-374. Much of the material can be ascribed to spiritual enthusiasm and an absence of verification.
  60. ^ Chaillan, pp. 216-217.

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Preceded by
Innocent VI
28 September 1362 – 19 December 1370
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1362 papal conclave

The papal conclave of 1362 elected William Grimoard as Pope Urban V to succeed Pope Innocent VI in the Palais des Papes of Avignon, continuing the Avignon Papacy.


Year 1370 (MCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.

1370 papal conclave

The papal conclave of 1370 (December 29–30), held after the death of Pope Urban V, elected as his successor cardinal Pierre Roger de Beaufort, who under the name Gregory XI became seventh and the last Pope of the period of Avignon Papacy.

Angel de Grimoard

Anglic de Grimoard, CRSA, (also recorded as Angelic, but not as Angel) (ca. 1315/1320 in Grizac, Languedoc – 13 April 1388 in Avignon) was a French canon regular and a Cardinal. He was the younger brother of Pope Urban V.

He was born about 1315 in the Castle of Grizac, now located in the commune of Le Pont-de-Montvert, the son of William de Grimoard, Lord of Bellegarde, and of Amphélise de Montferrand. As a young man, he joined the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine at the Abbey of Saint Rufus near Valence. In 1358 he became prior of the Priory of St.-Pierre-de-Dieu. In September 1362 his older brother, the Benedictine Abbot Guillaume, was elected pope. His brother named him Bishop of Avignon that following December.

Four years later, in a consistory held at Avignon on 18 September 1366, Grimoard was created Cardinal Priest, with the title of San Pietro in Vincoli, long held by canons regular. In September 1367 he was promoted to the rank of Cardinal-Bishop of Albano. He was Papal Vicar for the administration of the Papal States from 1368 until 1371. In this office, he tried to conquer the city of Forlì, which was a Ghibelline town, but was never able to do so.

At the end of 1370, the dying Pope Urban, who had returned to Avignon after a brief stay in Rome, asked to be moved to Anglic's residence, that he might be closer to the people he loved. He died there on 19 December.After the ensuing conclave held in Avignon to choose the new pope, Grimoard was named archpriest of the Lateran Basilica, succeeding Cardinal Pierre Roger de Beaufort, who had been elected Pope Gregory XI. He became Dean of the Sacred College in November 1373. He chose not to return to Rome with Gregory, who returned the residence of the papacy to Rome in 1376.

After the outbreak of the Great Western Schism in 1378 he gave his allegiance to the Antipope Clement VII, in consequence of which he lost his position as Dean of the collegiate chapter of York. Cardinal Grimoard was never able to participate in either of the conclaves held during his cardinalate as he was serving in Italy when his brother died, and was in Avignon for the following one, which was held in Rome.

He authored several liturgical music compositions during his lifetime, and was the founder of several monasteries in Apt, Avignon and Montpellier. After his death on 13 April 1388, he was buried in the Abbey of St. Rufus, his original monastery, as he had directed.


Angelic may refer to:

Angel, a supernatural being

Angelic (band), a British trance band

Angelic acid, an organic compound

Angelic de Grimoard, brother of Pope Urban V

Angelic Encounters, an album by the Dutch band Thanatos

Angelic language (disambiguation)

Angelic Layer, a 1999 Japanese comics

Angelic Organics, a community-supported agriculture farm in Caledonia, Illinois, United States

Angelic Pretty, a Japanese fashion company

Angelic Society, a secret society

Angelic tongues, a term related to a Jewish theme

Angelic Upstarts, an English musical band

Deva (disambiguation), mystical beings

Enochian, the supposed language of the angels in occult and some Christian practices

The Angelic Conversation (disambiguation)


The Order of the Most Holy Savior (Latin: Ordo Sanctissimi Salvatoris), abbreviated as O.Ss.S., and informally known as the Brigittine or Bridgettine Order is a monastic religious order of Augustinian nuns, Religious Sisters, and monks founded by Saint Bridget of Sweden (Birgitta) in 1344, and approved by Pope Urban V in 1370. There are today several different branches of Bridgettines.

Cardinals created by Urban V

Pope Urban V (1362–1370) thirteen new cardinals in four consistories.

Giovanni da Milano

Giovanni da Milano (Giovanni di Jacopo di Guido da Caversaccio) was an Italian painter, known to be active in Florence and Rome between 1346 and 1369.

His style is, like many Florentine painters of the time, considered to be derivative of Giotto's. Vasari misidentified him as a student of Taddeo Gaddi, a noted Giotto protégé.[1]

Hailing from Lombardy, the earliest documentation shows Giovanni in Florence on October 17, 1346, under the name Johannes Jacobi de Commo, listed amongst the foreign painters living in Tuscany.[2]

Amongst Giovanni's most significant works:

A polyptych with Madonna and Saints (c. 1355), the oldest known signed work by Giovanni da Milano, painted for the Prato Spedale della Misericordia

A polyptych made for the Ognissanti of Florence (c. 1363), now dismembered and scattered, depicting saints and scenes of the biblical creation myth

Man of Sorrows panel (c. 1365, Accademia, Florence), the oldest known signed and dated work

Frescoes decorating both sides of the Rinuccini Chapel in Santa Croce, Florence. Each side consists of five scenes – one side depicting the Life of the Virgin and the other the Life of Mary Magdalene. Giovanni is credited with the upper two registers of each cycle. The bottom register is credited to Matteo di Pacino.[3]The latest extent documentation of Giovanni's career comes in 1369, when he is known to be working in Rome for Pope Urban V with Giottino and the sons of Taddeo Gaddi.


Grimoard may refer to:

Angelic de Grimoard (born 1315), French Cardinal, younger brother of Pope Urban V

Anne Claude Philippe de Tubieres de Grimoard de Pestels de Levis, Comte de Caylus (1692–1765), French antiquarian

Claude Abraham de Tubières de Grimoard de Pestel de Lévis, duc de Caylus (1672–1759), French military leader

Philippe Henri, Comte de Grimoard (1753–1815), French soldier and military writer

Pope Urban V (1310–1370), whose name was Guillaume Grimoard

In Coena Domini

In Coena Domini was a recurrent papal bull between 1363 and 1770, so called from its opening words (Latin "At the table of the Lord", referring to the liturgical feast on which it was annually published in Rome: the feast of the Lord's Supper), formerly issued annually on Holy Thursday (in Holy Week), or later on Easter Monday.

Its first publication was in 1363 under Pope Urban V. It was a statement of ecclesiastical censure against heresies, schisms, sacrilege, infringement of papal and ecclesiastical privileges, attacks on person and property, piracy, forgery and other crimes. For two or three hundred years it was varied from time to time, receiving its final form from Pope Urban VIII in 1627.

Owing to the opposition of the sovereigns of Europe, both Protestant and Catholic, who regarded the bull as an infringement of their rights, its publication was discontinued by Pope Clement XIV in 1770.

Juan Sierra

Juan Sierra (died 16 February 1374) was a Roman Catholic prelate who served as Bishop of Segovia (1370–1374) and Bishop of Orense (1367–1370).

List of French popes

Seventeen popes have had French ancestry, all in the second half of the medieval era. The seven popes of the Avignon Papacy were French and are bolded. Since the end of the Avignon Papacy, no French person has been elected pope.

French is the most common non-Italian papal ancestry.

Pope Silvester II, 999–1003: Gerbert of Aurillac

St. Pope Leo IX, 1049–1054: Bruno, Count of Dagsbourg

Pope Stephen IX, 1057–1058: Frederick of Lorraine

Pope Nicholas II, 1058–1061: Gerard of Burgundy

Bl. Pope Urban II, 1088–1099: Otho of Lagery (or Otto or Odo)

Pope Callistus II, 1119–1124: Guido of Vienne

Pope Urban IV, 1261–1264: Jacques Pantaléon

Pope Clement IV, 1265–1268: Guy Foulques

Bl. Pope Innocent V, 1276: Pierre de Tarentaise

Pope Martin IV, 1281–1285: Simon de Brie

Pope Clement V, 1305–1314: Bertrand de Got

Pope John XXII, 1316–1334: Jacques d'Euse

Pope Benedict XII, 1334–1342: Jacques Fournier

Pope Clement VI, 1342–1352: Pierre Roger

Pope Innocent VI, 1352–1362: Stephen Aubert

Bl. Pope Urban V, 1362–1370: Guillaume de Grimoard

Pope Gregory XI, 1370–1378: Pierre Roger de Beaufort

Lodovico Morosini

Lodovico Morosini (died 1407) was a Roman Catholic prelate who served as Bishop of Modon (1390–1407) and Bishop of Capodistria (1364–1390).

Malatesta Ungaro

Ungaro Malatesta (June 1327 – July 1372), born Galeotto Malatesta, was an Italian condottiero and lord of Jesi.

He was the son of Malatesta Guastafamiglia, lord of Pesaro and Rimini. He changed his name to Ungaro when King Louis I of Hungary created him knight in December 1347. He married Costanza, daughter of Obizzo III d'Este, Marquis of Ferrara, in 1363.

After being imprisoned in the war of Louis of Taranto in southern Italy, he fought as Papal commander for cardinal Gil de Albornoz against the Ordelaffi and the Manfredi. On April 16, 1363 he severely defeated Bernabò Visconti and in the following years he often supplanted his old uncle Galeotto I Malatesta as Papal commander-in-chief.

In 1367 he helped Pope Urban V to return to Rome, but the following year, having been unable to quench a revolt in Siena against Emperor Charles IV, he preferred to return to Rimini.

He died in 1372.

Michael de Monymusk

Michael de Monymusk († 1376) was a 14th-century bishop of Dunkeld. He held a licentiate in Canon law. He had been dean of the bishopric of Dunblane, dean of the bishopric of Aberdeen, and then dean of the bishopric of Glasgow. While dean of Dunblane, he held prebends in the bishopric of Brechin and the bishopric of Ross, and while holding the deanery of Glasgow, petitioned Pope Urban V for a vacant prebend and canonry in Aberdeen. Pope Urban V appointed him to the bishopric of Dunkeld on 13 November 1370. He may have held the position of Chamberlain of Scotland. He died on 1 March 1376, and was buried in the choir of Dunkeld Cathedral.

Niccolò II d'Este, Marquis of Ferrara

Niccolò II d'Este (1338 – 26 March 1388) was lord of Ferrara, Modena and Parma from 1361 until his death.

He was the son of Obizzo III, who had ruled in Ferrara from 1317 to 1352. After inheriting his lands from Aldobrandino III, he allied with Padua, Verona and Mantua against Bernabò Visconti and, after a meeting at Viterbo, he managed to obtain also the support of Pope Urban V (1367).

During Niccolò's reign, Ferrara started to gain a reputation as an art city. He commissioned to Bartolino da Novara the construction of the Castello Estense after a popular revolt in 1385.

Tomás MacCearbhaill

Thomas O'Carroll was a 14th-century Roman Catholic priest in Ireland.MacCearbhaill was Archdeacon of Cashel until 1365 when he became Archbishop of Tuam. In 1365 Pope Urban V translated him to Cashel. He died on 8 February 1373.

William Lenn

William Lenn (also Lenne or de Lynn; died 1373) was a medieval Bishop of Chichester and Bishop of Worcester. The name Lenn was the old name for Lynn in Norfolk.Lenn went to Rome in his early life and became a doctor of canon law. He was subsequently made an auditor of causes, in the holy court, by Pope Urban V.In 1356 Lenn was made dean of Chichester Cathedral, then after the death of Bishop Stratford he was selected for the see of Chichester on 16 May 1362, and was consecrated about 18 August 1362.Lenn's tenure at Chichester was quite short, but during that time he got into a quarrel with the earl of Arundel, Stephens suggests that it was probably a dispute over land. It seems that the bishop procured a citation from Pope Urban V ordering the earl to appear before a court, in Rome, to answer the charges laid against him. The earl treated the summons with contempt and refused to go. What the bishop was trying to do was seen as a violation of both the Statute of Praemunire and the canon law of England. The King, Edward III, was angry at the insult and summoned the bishop to attend the king's court, to account for his actions. The bishop, however, was in Rome at the time but he was convicted in his absence, and all his goods and chattels seized, by the crown.Lenn was translated to the see of Worcester on 11 October 1368 He died of a stroke, in that office on 18 November 1373, as he mounted a horse to go to London to attend Parliament.

William Reade

William Reade (sometimes Rede; died 1385) was a medieval Bishop of Chichester.

Reade was brought up, from boyhood to maturity, by his friend and protégé Nicholas of Sandwich. He was then educated at Exeter College, Oxford and elected from it to a fellowship at Merton College, Oxford where astronomy, mathematics and natural philosophy (science) flourished. He collected what was probably the largest private library in 14th-century England, and was one of the University’s greatest benefactors. Reade wished to provide resources for Oxford scholars as there was no University library at the time, Reade donated and bequeathed some 350 volumes to the libraries at Merton, Exeter, Balliol, Oriel, Queen’s, and New Colleges, Oxford. Reade also provided a large sum of money to support the building of the library that is still in use today.In 1365 Reade was made provost of the college of Wingham, Kent, and archdeacon of Rochester in 1369. He was nominated for Bishop of Chichester on 23 September 1368, and by provision of Pope Urban V was appointed to the see of Chichester on 2 September 1369.Reade's contribution to Chichester Cathedral was the systematic compilation of cartularies, gathering together all the charters and writings concerning the church. His cartularies have preserved virtually the only early documentary evidence about the Cathedral.Reade converted the old Manor House at Amberley, into a castle. Stephens says he did this to provide a strong fortress for himself and his successors against troublous times.Reade held a deer park, in Selsey, that was plagued with poachers so much so, that the incensed bishop issued a decree excommunicating the offenders by "Bell, book, and candle", and he ordered that the ritual should be performed at all churches within the deanery.Reade died 18 August 1385, and asked in his will to be buried at Selsey parish church then located at Church Norton before the high altar. His wish was not acted upon as he was buried in Chichester Cathedral without monument. It seems that this was not the only problem with the execution of his will as the dean and chapter, of Chichester Cathedral, petitioned the executors, thirteen years later, to account for the thirteen gilt cups, bequeathed by Reade, for the use of the cathedral.

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