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AuthorKinser, Samuel. author
TitleThe Works of Jacques-Auguste de Thou [electronic resource] / by Samuel Kinser
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1966
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Descript X, 356 p. online resource


Until the nineteenth century Jacques-Auguste de Thou (1553-1617) was among the most famous and most valued of historians. While his first fame was a succes de scandale - the History of His Time was placed on the Index in 160g - de Thou's work quickly found favor with the humanistically-educated learned class throughout Europe. The esteem in which the History was held transcended religious divisions. The historian received letters of praise from staunchly orthodox Spain and Portugal as well as from heretic England and Germany; through the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries his History was read with enthusiยญ asm by certain cardinals at the very curia which condemned it; and so staunch a champion of orthodoxy as Bishop Bossuet did not hesitate to appeal to "such a great author" for support in his own historical works. ! To the philosophe of the Enlightenment de Thou's impartiality in deยญ scribing the impassioned times through which he lived and the exact yet eloquent style with which he wrote the History of His Time were familiar touchstones. Voltaire appealed to the "truthful and eloquent de Thou" again and again in his works,2 William Pitt rose in the House of Commons to quote the words of the "great historian of France" during the early years of the French Revolution,3 Lessing 4 and Herder 5 praised him with poetic hyperbole, and Edward Gibbon reยญ ferred to "the authority of my masters, the grave Thuanus and the philosophic Hume . . .


1. Introduction -- 2. The Editions of de Thouโ{128}{153}s History of His Time -- The Paris Editions -- The Geneva Editions -- The Frankfurt Editions -- The London Edition -- Summary -- 3. Manuscripts and Manuscript Annotations to the History -- Compositional History -- The Royal Library Manuscripts -- The Saint Magloire Manuscripts -- Annotated Editions of the History -- Collections of Emendations -- Summary -- 4. De Thouโ{128}{153}s Other Writings -- The Memoirs -- Poetry -- Other Published Works -- 5. Reprints and Translations of the History -- Translations -- Indices -- Extracts -- Summary -- 6. Conclusions -- 1. Published Works Containing Letters to, from, or about de Thou -- 2. Manuscript Materials about or by de Thou in the Biblioยฌthรจque Nationale -- 4. Thomas Carte to Richard Mead: Preparation of the London Edition -- 5. Libraries and Archives with important Collections of de Thou Editions or Manuscripts

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