Hugh of Vermandois, Archbishop of Rheims

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Hugh of Vermandois was the Archbishop of Reims
Archbishop of Reims
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Reims is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in France. Erected as a diocese around 250 by St. Sixtus, the diocese was elevated to an archdiocese around 750...

 from 925 to 931, when he was removed from office by the actions of Hugh the Great
Hugh the Great
Hugh the Great or Hugues le Grand was duke of the Franks and count of Paris, son of King Robert I of France and nephew of King Odo. He was born in Paris, Île-de-France, France. His eldest son was Hugh Capet who became King of France in 987...

 and others, his father Herbert II, Count of Vermandois
Herbert II, Count of Vermandois
Herbert II , Count of Vermandois and Count of Troyes, was the son of Herbert I of Vermandois.-Life:He inherited the domain of his father and in 907, added to it the Saint de Soissons abbey. His marriage with Hildebrand of France brought him the County of Meaux. In 918, he was also named Count of...

 who had been the power behind his episcopate was driven out of Reims
Reims , a city in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, lies east-northeast of Paris. Founded by the Gauls, it became a major city during the period of the Roman Empire....

 and the bishopric was then assumed by Artoldus.

Hugh had been made bishop at the age of five, which makes him on of the youngest bishops ever.

From 940-946 Hugh again served as bishop of Reims, making him a full 26 years old when he ended his time as bishop. He was again ousted by war and replaced by Artoldus in 946.

In 961 after Artoldus' death there was an attempt to restore Hugh to his episcopal office, however Pope John XII
Pope John XII
Pope John XII , born Octavianus, was Pope from December 16, 955, to May 14, 964. The son of Alberic II, Patrician of Rome , and his stepsister Alda of Vienne, he was a seventh generation descendant of Charlemagne on his mother's side.Before his death, Alberic administered an oath to the Roman...

 decided against this and instead made Odelricus the new bishop. At this point Hugh was also excommunicated.


  • Annals of Flodoard, p. 21