Jean II, Bishop of Orleans

Jean II was a French religious figure appointed Bishop of Orleans in 1096, succeeding Jean I in the role,[1] and consecrated in on 1 March 1098.[2] Jean had previously been archdeacon at Tours.[3] He was a nephew of Suger.[4]

Orléans Cathedral of Sainte-Croix

In 1100, Ivo, Bishop of Chartres complained bitterly in a letter to Pope Urban II that Jean had been made the Bishop of Orleans despite a reputation for sexual looseness, as well as being underage.[5] Ivo reported that Jean had been given the nickname of "Flora", after a well-known local courtesan,[2] and had become the subject of a number of lewd street songs. In an attempt to head off Jean's elevation to the bishopric, Ivo had previously sent examples of the lurid lyrics to the Archbishop of Lyons but to no avail.


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  2. ^ a b Boswell, John (2015). Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century. University of Chicago Press. pp. 213–215. ISBN 978-0-226-34536-9.
  3. ^ C. Petits-Dutaillis, The Feudal monarchy in France and England, 1936[page needed]
  4. ^ Panofsky, Erwin (2019). "Introduction". Abbot Suger on the Abbey Church of St. Denis and Its Art Treasures (second ed.). Princeton University Press. p. 7. ISBN 9780691206950.
  5. ^ Rolker, Christof. Canon Law and the Letters of Ivo of Chartres, Cambridge University Press, 2010 ISBN 9781139485067[page needed]