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Saving France in the 1580s

Writings of Etienne Pasquier

James H. Dahlinger

Etienne Pasquier (1529–1615) was a renowned magistrate of the Parliament of Paris, a poet, an advisor to the last Valois kings as well as to Henri IV, and a founder of modern French historiography. This book examines Pasquier’s use of various genres: the dialogue, the published correspondence, and ecclesiastic history as well as his self-fashioning and his recognition by posterity for his efforts to protect the French state against threats both real and invented during the French Civil Wars of Religion. Pasquier strategically casts the Jesuits as the enemy to aid his self-construction as guardian of France and her political survival.
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I would like to thank editors Marie-Madeleine Fragonard and François Roudaut for their monumental edition of Etienne Pasquier’s Recherches de la France, from Editions Champion, which partially inspired this project about Pasquier’s contributions to peace and continuity of law in his time. I thank Editions Champion for permission to reprint from the Fragonard and Roudaut volumes. I thank Professor Nancy Regalado of New York University for much good advice. I’d like to thank Editions Droz for their permanently useful editions of Pasquier’s correspondence, as well as for permission to reprint from those volumes; the always helpful staffs of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and New York University and Columbia University libraries; the encouragement of colleagues and members of the annual Sixteenth Century Studies Conference; Professor Moya Arthur and Professor Robert Cousineau SJ for showing interest in my work. I also wish to thank Le Moyne College, Syracuse for providing me a sabbatical year to work on this project, and also the Jesuit Community of Loyola Hall, Fordham University for kind support during that sabbatical, as well as for access to the Fordham University libraries. Many thanks to the excellent staff of Peter Lang Publishing Inc., especially my wonderful production editor Jackie Pavlovic. Finally I reserve my warmest thanks for my sister, Susan E. Dahlinger, an author and editor in nineteenth century studies, for much advice and support. ← Vii | Viii → ← Viii | 1 →

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