Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord (cardinal)

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Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord[1] (1301–1364) was a French Cardinal,[2] from an aristocratic family in Périgord, south-west France. He was born at Périgueux, son of Elias VII, Count of Périgord.[3]

He was Bishop of Limoges (1324), then Bishop of Auxerre (1329), Cardinal-Priest of S. Pietro in Vincoli (1331), Cardinal-Bishop of Albano (1348) and dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals (1361).[4] He was a major figure in the Avignon papacy, and also a diplomat engaged in the negotiations of the Hundred Years War.

From 1320 to 1323 he also served as Archdeacon of London. From 1322 to 1328 he was Archdeacon of Richmond, from 1342 to 1343 Dean of York and from 1357 to 1359 Archdeacon of Suffolk.[5]

He was also a literary patron, promoting the writing of the 1336 travels of William of Bodensele,[6] and corresponding with Petrarch.


  • Norman P. Zacour, Petrarch and Talleyrand, Speculum, Vol. 31, No. 4 (Oct., 1956), pp. 683–703
  • Norman P. Zacour (1960) Talleyrand: The Cardinal of Perigord (1301-1364), Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, new ser., v. 50, pt. 7.


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