Gerhoh of Reichersberg


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Augustinian Canon. He became ‘magister scholarum’ of the cathedral school of Augsburg c.1118, but had to leave his post because of his opposition to the simoniacal bishop. He joined the Augustinian Canons at Rottenbuch and in 1132 became Provost of their house at Reichersberg. He was often sent on embassies to Rome, but his zeal for reform aroused hostility and he was even accused of heresy. In 1166 he was banned by the Emp. Frederick I and had to flee from his monastery because he refused to support the Imperialist antipope. In his famous De Investigatione Antichristi (1160/62) he advocated a clearer definition of the spheres of Papal and Imperial power.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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