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Pierre d'Ailly

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Author(s): Smoller, Laura Ackerman
d'Ailly, Pierre (Petrus de Alliaco), * 1350 or 1351 (Compiègne), † 1420 (Avignon) Chancellor of the University of Paris from 1389 to 1395; Bishop of Le Puy from 1395 to 1396, of Noyon in 1396 to 1397, and of Cambrai from 1397; and Cardinal from 1411 until his death. A prolific author in matters of theology, ecclesiology, and natural philosophy (including → astrology), d'Ailly was primarily known as one of the leading churchmen during the years of the Great Schism (1378-1414). A noted proponent of the concili…