II., Pope. Gelasius b. 1058 d. January 29, 1119 Pope. Born Giovanni Coniulo, of noble parents at Gaeta. He was called to Rome from Montecassino, by Pope Urban II, who created him cardinal (1088) and papal chancellor (1089). He was elected pope on Jan. 24, 1118, as successor to Paschal II. His initiation into the papacy was rude. A nobleman named Cencius Frangipane broke into the monastery, grabbed him by the throat, threw him to the ground and actually kicked the old man with his spurred feet. Then he dragged him off by the hair and threw...[Read More] (Bio by: MC) Abbey of Cluny, Cluny, Departement de Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France
Bernadou, Cardinal. Victor Félix b. June 25, 1816 d. November 15, 1891 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Castres, Victor-Félix Bernadou was ordained to the priesthood in Paris after concluding his studies at the Seminary of Saint Sulpice in December 1840, successively moving to Algiers, where he was named canon of the cathedral chapter, becoming its archpriest in 1847. Appointed bishop of the diocese of Gap in his native France, Bernadou received his episcopal consecration at the cathedral of Castres on June 29, 1862. Constructing the local cathedral during his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Saint-Étienne Cathedral, Sens, Departement de l'Yonne, Bourgogne, France
Clementi, Pierre b. September 28, 1942 d. December 28, 1999 Actor. He was born in Paris, France. He began his career on cinema at young age and developed a prolific career, working in almost 100 films. He debuted in 1961 with the film "Adorable Menteuse." Later, he appeared in "Il Gattopardo" but he obtained a big success in Luis Buñuel's "Belle de Jour" (1967) and "Benjamin ou les Mémoires d'un Puceau" (1968)directed by Michel Deville. Also, he is remembered in "Partner" (1968), "Le Lit de la Vierge" (1969), Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Porquerie" (1969) and...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Soucy, Soucy, Departement de l'Yonne, Bourgogne, France
Cortot, Alfred b. September 26, 1877 d. June 15, 1962 Pianist. A noted conductor, arranger, and teacher as well as performer, he is best remembered as a pianistic interpreter of the Romantic works of Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin. Raised in a French-speaking portion of Switzerland he manifested his talent early and trained at the Paris Conservatory under Emile Descombes, a student of Chopin, taking a First Prize in 1896. Cortot made his 1897 professional bow with Paris' Concerts Colonne Orchestra playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 then...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Le Villars Cemetery, Le Villars, Departement de Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France
de Bourgogne I., Robert b. 1011 d. March 18, 1076 French Nobility. He was born as the third son of Robert II and his third wife Constance d'Arles. He was considered to be his mothers favorite son who therefore supported him in his rebellion against his father and later his brother. In 1032 he received the duchy of Burgundy from Henri and was named first Peer of France. For this special status among the other vassals he renounced his claims for the throne but remained inimical against his brother. Contemporaries describe him as brutal and...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Abbaye de Saint-Seine, Saint-Seine-l'Abbaye, Departement de la Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne, France
of Burgundy III., Philipp b. July 31, 1396 d. June 15, 1467 French Royalty. Also known as Philip the Good or Philippe le Bon. Son of Duke John the Fearless. In 1409 he married Michele of Valois, daughter of Charles VI of France and Isabeau of Bavaria, and in 1424 Bonne of Artois, daughter of Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, also his uncle's widow. His third marriage in 1430 with Isabella of Portugal, daughter of John I of Portugal and Philippa of Lancaster, produced three sons: Antoine, Count of Charolais; Joseph, Count of Charolais; and Charles the Bold...[Read More] (Bio by: MC) Chartreuse de Champmol, Dijon, Departement de la Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne, France
Perraud, Cardinal. Adolphe b. February 7, 1828 d. February 10, 1906 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Lyon, Adolphe-Louis-Albert Perraud entered the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip of Neri in Paris in 1852 and was ordained priest there in June 1854. Undergoing further studies at the University of La Sorbonne, from where he earned a doctorate in theology in 1865, he successively lectured at the minor seminary of Coutances. Professor of ecclesiastical history at the University of La Sorbonne between 1866 and 1874, Perraud's name soon became known...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Paray-le-Monial Communal Cemetery, Paray-le-Monial, Departement de Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France Plot: Cemetery Chapel.
Rich of Canterbury, Saint. Edmund b. 1175 d. November 16, 1240 Roman Catholic Saint. Abingdon born Edmund Rich is known to have frequented both Oxford and the University of Paris, eventually teaching mathematics at Oxford itself, being also credited at times as being the very first to teach Aristotle at the same institute. This fact however has never been proven conclusively. Leaving Oxford in order to pursue his religious vocation, for twelve years he served as treasurer of Salisbury's cathedral, before being elected Archbishop of Canterbury in 1234...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Abbey of Pontigny, Pontigny, Departement de l'Yonne, Bourgogne, France Plot: Baroque Reliquary Tomb Inside The Abbey Church.
Roger, Frère b. May 12, 1915 d. August 16, 2005 Founder of the Taize Christian Community in France. Considered by some as one of the most authoritative members of the Christian religious community, he was born Roger Schutz-Marsauche in Provence, in the Swiss canton of Vaud, to a French mother and a parson in the Swiss Reformed Church. From 1937 to 1940 he studied reformed theology in Lausanne, Switzerland, and in Strassburg, France. In 1940 he moved to Taize, France so that he could help Jewish refugees cross the border from Nazi occupied...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cause of death: Murdered Cimetière du Village, Taize, Departement de Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France
Soubirous, Saint. Bernadette b. January 7, 1844 d. April 16, 1879 Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, who was called Bernadette, was born January 7, 1844 just outside the town of Lourdes, department of Haute-Pyrenees in the south of France. Bernadette was the oldest of 9 children born to François Soubirous and Louise Castérot. Only 4 of the children survived to adulthood. Bernadette herself had cholera as a child, which left her with asthma and palpitations of the heart. At 14 years of age Bernadette still had not received First Communion due to her illiteracy. She did...[Read More] (Bio by: Paul A. Laguerre) Cause of death: Tuberculosis Convent of Saint Gildard, Nevers, Departement de la Nièvre, Bourgogne, France