Blessed Louis Allemand

illustration of Blessed Louis Allemand, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Louis Alamanus
  • Louis Alemanus
  • Louis Almannus
  • Louis Alamandus



Born to the French nobility. Canon lawyer. Bishop of Maguelonne, France in 1418. Advisor, courtier and diplomat in service to Pope Martin V. Archbishop of Arles, France in 1423. Created Cardinal-priest of Sante Cecilia in 1426. Important member of the Council of Basle in 1436, leading the party that maintained the supremacy of general councils over the pope, and working to forward the decree of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. While he was there he worked with victims of a plague outbreak.

In 1439, in a misguided attempt at Church reform, Allemand was primarily responsible for the election of Anti-Pope Felix V, which led to Pope Eugenius IV excommuniting them both. Allemand consecrated Felix as bishop, then crowned him as pope, and served as a papal diplomat. He was also primarily responsible for ending the schism by convincing Felix to abdicate. Pope Nicholas V was elected; he restored Allemand to all his honours and offices, and made him papal legate to Germany in 1449.

Vatican politics aside, Allemand was always know for his strong faith, personal piety, and as dedicated shepherd of his dioceses.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Louis Allemand“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 June 2019. Web. 9 March 2021. <>