FLODOARD, flō"dō''ār', OF REIMS: French writer of the tenth century; b. at Épernay (17 m. s. s. e. of Reims) 893 or 894; d. 966. He studied in Reims, which in the tenth century formed the center of French politics and of the higher studies of Lorraine, and under Archbishop Herivæus (900-922) became canon in the cathedral. Owing to political disturbances, he lost his position and joined Bishop Artold (932-961). The latter sent him in 936 to Rome where he was favorably received by Pope Leo VII. and consecrated priest. When Artold lost his bishopric, Flodoard fled with him to Archbishop Rotbert of Treves (931-956). Flodoard took part in the Synod of Ingelheim in 948, at which Artold was reinstated by Pope Agapetus II. As a recompense for his faithfulness Artold gave him the position of keeper of the records in the church of Reims. In 751 he was entrusted with a mission to King Otho I.; in 952 he was appointed bishop of Tournay, but owing to unfavorable conditions could not enter his new position. In 963 he retired into the monastery of St. Basle. During his stay at Rome Flodoard was induced to write a hexameter poem in three parts on the "Triumphs of Christ and the Saints," which with much show of learning and piety tells of the spread of Christianity and the history of the popes. He compiled a chronicle (Annales; in MGH, Script., iii., 1839, pp. 363-407; also, ed. P. Lauer, Paris, 1906) of his own time, from 919 to 966, which is a source of valuable information for the history of Lorraine and the relations between the French and Germans of that time, and is indispensable for dates of numerous events. He also wrote a reliable and extensive Historia Remensis (in MGH, Script., xiii., 1882, pp. 405-599) up to 948.