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Grimoard, Guillaume de (Urban V)

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Born: 1310 AD
Died: 1370 AD, at 60 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Popes

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1310 - Born in Languedoc, France. Urban V was a man of austere life and great piety. As a patron of learning, he founded new universities at Orange, Kraków, and Vienna.

1353 - He became abbot of Saint-Germain, Auxerre.

1361 - Became abbot of Saint-Victor, Marseille.

1362 - He was elected successor to Innocent VI and was crowned at Avignon, seat of the papacy.

1365 - Planned to re-establish at Rome, despite French opposition.

         - He helped to restore peace in Italy and began to reform the Avignonese Curia.

1370 - Renewed strife in Rome and the Papal States led Urban to decide to return to Avignon.

         - Died on December 19th in Avignon, Provence.


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