(b. 960 -1029)
Easter: April 10th
Historically today is the feast of St. Fulbert, Bisbop of Chartres,
France, and a poet and scholar, who aided the Cluniac Reform. Born in
Italy circa 952 or 960, Fulbert studied at Rheims, France, under future
Pope Sylvester II. In 1003, he returned to France, becoming the bishop of
Chartres in 1007. Fulbert rebuilt the cathedral there when it burned
down, and defended monasticism and orthodoxy. His hymns, treatises, and
letter have survived.
St. Fulbert was a scholar and philosopher, and was also the bishop of
Chartres, France. He spent much of his time as bishop rigorously
defending monasticism and orthodoxy.
He was born in Italy in the 10th century and studied at Rheims, France,
under the celebrated philosopher Gerbert, who later became Pope Sylvester
II. Gerbert took Fulbert to Rome with him. After the Pope’s death, the
bishop of Chartres made Fulbert the chancellor of the cathedral, and soon
Chartres became one of the best learning centers in France.
He was eventually named bishop of Chartres in 1007 and had the cathedral
rebuilt after a fire destroyed it. He died in 1029.
Fulbert's literary productions include 140 epistles, 2 treatises, 27
hymns, and parts of the ecclesiastical Office. His epistles are of great
historical value, especially on account of the light they throw on the
liturgy and discipline of the Church in the eleventh century.