Theodwin of Liège

Theodwin was prince-bishop of Liège from 1048 to 1075.[1]


Originally from Bavaria, Theodwin was named by Henry III to succeed Wazo as bishop of Liège.[1] In 1049 he led the imperial victory over Dirk IV of Frisia. In 1050-1051 he wrote to Henry I of France encouraging him to take firm action against Berengar of Tours.[1]

In 1066, Theodwin ceded city rights to Huy, the oldest such charter to survive from what is now Belgium.[1] On 23 March 1075 Pope Gregory VII wrote to him reproachfully about the lax clerical discipline in his diocese, urging him to leave the Abbey of Saint-Hubert unmolested.[2]

Theodwin died on 23 June 1075 and was buried in the collegiate church at Huy, which he had built, consecrated and endowed with fifteen prebends.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Philibert Schmitz, "Theoduin", in Biographie Nationale de Belgique, vol. 24 (Brussels, 1929), 757-758.
  2. ^ Brigitte Meijns, "Papal Bulls as Instruments of Reform: the Reception of the Protection Bulls of Gregory VII in the Dioceses of Liège and Thérouanne (1074–1077)", Church History, 87:2 (2018), pp. 399–423.