Albero de Montreuil
(c. 1080 – 18 January 1152) was Archbishop of Trier
from 1131 to 1152.
Albero was born near Toul
, in Lorraine
After acquiring some dignities in the churches of Toul and Verdun
, he was made Archdeacon
of St. Arnulf at Metz
Here he became identified with the church reform party which was opposed to Bishop Adalbero IV
, and went in person to Rome to secure his deposition from Pope Paschalis II
. On his return he brought about the election of Theotger
, Abbot of St. George in the Black Forest, who was consecrated against his will in July 1118, and, being prevented from entering his diocese
by the imperial party, died in 1120.
Albero then aided in the election of Stephen of Bar
, who rewarded his zeal by making him primicerius
. After having been mentioned for the vacant Sees of Magdeburg
, both of which he refused, Albero was in 1130, chosen Archbishop of Trier to succeed Meginher
. The position was not an easy one, for the church was in need of reform, and the previous occupants of the see had been dominated by the Burgrave Ludwig
. He could not be induced to accept the burden until Innocent II
summoned him to the Synod at Reims
, and even threatened him with suspension from his priestly functions. He was consecrated by the Pope himself at Vienne.
Albero vigorously pursued the work of reform. He restored peace and order in his archdiocese, and before his death made it one of the most important in Germany. In 1136 he... Read More