Council of Toul
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Council of Toul

The Council of Toul was a Frankish synod convoked by Theudebald, King of Austrasia, that convened in Toul on 1 June 550.[1] It is not known how many bishops attended. It extended to the ecclesiastical provinces of Reims and Trier and perhaps beyond.[2] The diocese of Toul was a suffragan of Trier.[3] The metropolitan bishop, Nicetius of Trier, was certainly in attendance.[4]

Theudebald apparently convoked the council because Nicetius had begun excommunicating Frankish aristocrats who contracted marriages within the prohibited degree of consanguinity. The king wished to obtain a judgement against the metropolitan and a reversal of the excommunications. [5]

The council is known from a letter of Bishop Mapinius of Reims in the Austrasian Letters collection. He had received an invitation to the council written in the king's name.[6] He had not attended and was writing to explain his absence to Nicetius. He claimed that he had not learned of the purpose of the council in time.[7]


  1. ^ Halfond 2010, pp. 33 & 263.
  2. ^ Halfond 2010, p. 227.
  3. ^ Halfond 2010, pp. 265-266.
  4. ^ Pohlsander 2000, p. 460.
  5. ^ Dumézil 2007, p. 575.
  6. ^ Halfond 2010, p. 67.
  7. ^ Halfond 2010, p. 71.


  • Dumézil, Bruno (2007). "Gogo et ses amis: écriture, échanges et ambitions dans un réseau aristocratique de la fin du VIe siècle". Revue Historique. 309 (643): 553-593. JSTOR 40958005.
  • Halfond, Gregory I. (2010). Archaeology of Frankish Church Councils, AD 511-768. Brill.
  • Pohlsander, H. A. (2000). "A Call to Repentance Bishop Nicetius of Trier to the Emperor Justinian". Byzantion. 70 (2): 456-473. JSTOR 44172526.

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