Ives was canonized remarkably fast, in 1347, only 44 years after his death.  He had obviously caught the imagination of his contemporaries, and he was also helped by some friends in high places:  requests for a canonization inquiry were supported not only by the Bishop of Treguier and the Duke of Brittany, but also by the French King and Queen and the masters and students of the University of Paris.  The Pope dispatched 2 bishops and an abbot, together with an apostolic notary, to conduct the inquiry, which took place in 1330.
 
The canonization inquiry was one of the first to be fully documented in writing, and has been a boon for historians.  Of the 243 witnesses who gave evidence, with the help of a Breton interpreter, 52 gave evidence about Ives' life, while the others testified about miracles attributed to his intercession.  Three cardinals then drew up a report.  The case then seems to have been suspended for 15 years, and it required a personal intervention - and indeed a payment of 3,000 florins - by the Duke Charles de Blois (himself declared Venerable by the Church in 1904) to reawaken it.  Bureaucratic oversight may not have been to blame - Le Goff comments that the Curia at the time was reluctant to canonize new saints .  Ives was finally canonized in 1347. 

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