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Georgius

Georgius, of Corcyra, or Corfu. Two archbishops of the name of George occupied the see of Corcyra, one in the twelfth, and one in the thirteenth century. The elder of the two was in favour with the emperor Manuel Comnenus, who gave him the charge of fortifying the town of Corfu, which Manuel had taken from the Normans of Southern Italy. The emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who had hostile intentions against Manuel, endeavoured to induce George to betray the island to him, but in vain. George's answer is preserved by Baronius. George was sent A. D. 1178 by Manuel to attend the third Lateran (eleventh General) Council at Rome, and also to meet Frederick Barbarossa ; but he was detained six months by sickness at Brindisi or Otranto, and the council was closed before his recovery. He was therefore recalled by Manuel. Baronius gives a Latin version of several of George's letters. (Baron. Annal. Eccles. ad Annos 1176, 1178, 1179, 1180, 1188; Allatius, ibid. p. 38. &c.; Cave, Hist. Litt. vol. ii.; Ondin, Comment de Script. Eccles. vol. ii. col. 1536.)

This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Nov 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


Georgius the Younger

Georgius, of Corcyra, or Corfu, the younger, was the author of several works, especially of one against the Minorite Friars, and of another on the use of leavened bread in the eucharist. Allatius and Cave confound this George of Corfu with the preceding, but Oudin has shown that they must be distinguished, and fixes the date of the younger about A. D. 1236. Allatius, in some of his works, has quoted passages from George of Corfu on the procession of the Holy Spirit, and on the fire of purgatory, but we have no means of ascertaining to which of the two these passages belong. (Allatius and Cave, ll. cc.; Oudin, l. c. and vol. iii. col. 110.)


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