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Introduction: In Bishops We Honor Or Deny The Lord

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The chapter on Grimoard in the Historia pontificum is entirely flattering, passing over in silence Grimoard's questionable treatment of Saint-Cybard. This text presents Grimoard's conflict with Viscount Guy in a more positive light, omitting the bishop's secret reconciliation with his former enemy and thus stressing his role as victim in the situation. This introductory chapter of the book, which explores in depth the evidence concerning Aquitanian bishops such as Grimoard. The book examines the episcopate of tenth- and early eleventh-century Aquitaine in depth. It discusses an era sometimes referred to as the "long tenth century", which was long seen as a dark time between two periods of effervescent activity. The book focuses on episcopal interactions with religious houses, ranging from their own cathedrals to communities of monks or canons both inside and outside their dioceses.

Keywords: Aquitanian bishops; cathedrals; Grimoard

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