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[RELIGION] Marie-Dominique-Auguste Sibour (1792-1857) French Catholic Archbishop of Paris. Sibour was assassinated at the church of St. Etienne du Mont by an interdicted priest named Jean-Louis Verger, who openly admitted to the crime. Archbishop Sibour may be the only cleric murdered in modern times due to his assassin's views on papal doctrine. Verger was an opponent of the newly created doctrine of immaculate conception as well as celibacy for the clergy. However he was a continuous troublemaker, frequently complaining of the jobs he was assigned to (most of which his temper made it impossible to succeed at). The trial became (in his mind) a sounding board for his notions. He was found guilty the day of the trial (17 January 1857) and sentenced to death. To the end Verger had convinced himself that the Emperor Napoleon III would pardon him. When he was executed at La Roquette Prisons on 30 January 1857 he was in a state of panic and fear at the failure of the pardon to come. ALS, Paris, 1854, 2-1/2pp., 5-1/4 x 8-1/4". VG. The picture portrait of him is NOT included here.



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Sibour (1792-1857) Catholic Archbishop of Paris

Estimate $150 - $250Jun 28, 2016
PO Box 849
Wells, ME 04090
United States
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