Alain de Coëtivy

Alain (II) de Coëtivy (8 November 1407, Plounéventer, Léon - 4 May 1474, Rome) was a prelate from a Breton noble family. He was bishop of Avignon, Uzès, Nîmes and of Dol, titular cardinal of San Praetextato, then cardinal-bishop of Palestrina and cardinal-bishop of Sabina.

His mother was Catherine du Chastel, and her brother was Tanneguy du Chastel, soldier and favourite of Charles VII.


He also held the benefices of the parish of Marsac, which he resigned at the request of Pierre II de Bretagne on 4 September 1451. It was he who created the parish of Saint-Yves-des-Bretons in Rome, with Pope Nicholas ceding Saint-André-de-Mortaraziis to the Breton nation, who reconsecrated it to their saint Yves.

He opposed Basilios Bessarion for his Greek background. He was sent as a pontifical legate to Charles VII, king of France, in 1456, charged by Pope Pius II with making Charles set out on a crusade against the Turks. He died in Rome, at his palace on Campo de' Fiori, on 3 May 1474 and was buried in Rome.



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