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Pierre D’ailly

1350-1420. French cardinal and theologian. Born in Compiègne, he entered the College of Navarre, Paris, in 1363, graduating in arts in 1368 and becoming doctor of theology in 1381. He had many interests and wrote on scientific, philosophical, geographical, and astronomical, as well as theological, subjects. His work shows the influence of Bacon and William of Ockham.* He was made canon at Noyon in 1318, rector of his college in 1384, and chancellor of the University of Paris in 1389. He had close contact with the French court, as confessor and almoner to Charles VI. Among the many benefices he held in plurality was the archdeaconry of Cambrai, and on the accession of Benedict XIII (1395) he was appointed bishop of Puy, which office he never fulfilled, for in 1397 he was translated to the see of Cambrai. Deeply concerned to end the Western Schism which had divided Western Christendom since 1378, he supported the Council of Pisa* which had been convoked by the cardinals in 1409. This en