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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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Chapter 1: Introduction

1.Etienne Pasquier: Les Oeuvres melées d’ E. Pasquier. A Paris: Chez Jean Petit-Pas, 1619.

2.Pontus de Tyard, 1522–1605, Pasquier’s friend and correspondant, joined him in his support of Henri III against the Ligue. In his homilies, Tyard called for public order, with one united church and a clergy in on-going self-reform: Pontus de Tyard, Oeuvres Complètes vol. VI, critical edition by Marie-Madeleine Fragonard, François Rouget and François Roudaut. Paris: Champion, 2007, 15.

3.Paul Bouteiller. Recherches sur la vie et la carrière d’Etienne Pasquier. Paris: Editions ISI. 1989, 1–10.

4.Ibid., 6,7.

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