New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Ivo of Chartres


Confessor, Bishop of Chartres, canonist, born Beauvais, France, c.1040; died 1116. Having studied philosophy at Paris, and theology at the Abbey of Bec in Normandy, he was made provost of the canons of Saint Quentin at Beauvais, 1080. Consecrated bishop by Urban II (1090), he became one of the best teachers in France and an authority on theology, liturgy, politics, and canon law. His opposition to the adulterous marriage of Philip I won him a prison cell, 1092. His works are divided into three categories: canonical writings like the “Decretum,” the “Panormia,” composed before 1096, and the “Prologus“; letters on religious and political questions of the day (he took a moderate position in the investiture struggle); and sermons which reveal his piety and science. Relics at Chartres. Feast, 20 May.

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