Gervais de Château-du-Loir

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Sketch of Gervais's episcopal ring

Gervais de Château-du-Loir (1007–1067) was a French nobleman, bishop, and a powerful figure of his time in Northern France. He was Bishop of Le Mans from 1036, and Archbishop of Reims from 1055.

His father was Aimon de Château-du-Loir,[1] whilst his mother was Hildeburge de Bellême, daughter of Yves de Bellême.[2] His maternal uncle Avesgaud de Bellême, Bishop of Le Mans[3] raised Gervais and groomed him to succeed to the Bishopric of Le Mans.[1] He was a strong supporter of the family of Blois, and opposed to the Angevins. At one point he had to seek refuge at the court of William, Duke of Normandy.[4] Henry I appointed him Archbishop of Reims in 1055.[1] As Archbishop, he crowned Philip I of France in 1059. Philip's father Henry I of France was then alive, but died in 1060. Gervais was then regent, with Baldwin V, Count of Flanders, until 1066.[1] Gervais died in 1067 and was buried in Reims Cathedral.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Julien Remi Pesche, Biographie et bibliographie du Maine et du département de la Sarthe (Le Mans, Paris, 1828), p. xxx
  2. ^ Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band III Teilband 4 (Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, Marburg, Germany, 1989), Tafel 636
  3. ^ Richard Ewing Barton, Lordship in the County of Maine, c. 890-1160 (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2004), p. 42, n. 57
  4. ^ David Bates, William the Conqueror (Stroud: Tempus, 2004), p. 60.


  • Ott. John S. (2015). Bishops, Authority and Community in Northwestern Europe, c.1050–1150. Cambridge University Press. pp. 160–171. ISBN 978-1-107-01781-8.