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Consilium Parisience. French and Latin, 17th cent.

 

On 23 Nov. 1407, Louis Duke of Orléans was assassinated in Paris on the orders of John Duke of Burgundy. John's actions were defended by Jean Petit, theologian of the University of Paris, who argued that the Duke had committed tyrannicide. John was initially pardoned but his fall from power led Jean Gerson to attack Petit's defence of the Duke. King Charles VI asked the Bishop of Paris and the Inquisitor of France to examine Petit's defence afresh, and after several sittings a 'Council of the faith' condemned Petit's speech and nine propositions extracted from it.

The story of this event and of the deliberations surrounding it are told in this four-volume manuscript.

  • Comme Louis Duc d'Orleans seul frere du Roy Charles 6 fut tué dans la ville de Paris par le Duc Jean de Bourgongne le 23 Nouembre l'an M.CCCC.VII. En ces propres jours aduint en la ville de Paris la plus douloureuse et piteuse aduanture ... (1 fos 2r-7v)
  • Comme le Duc de Bourgongne declara au Roy de Sicile, et au Duc de Berry que c'estoit luy qui auoit faict tuer le Duc d'Orleans. (1 fos 8r-13r)
  • Narré particulier de ce qui se passa et fut dict au conseil par le docteur Jean Petit, lors qu'il y fut ouy et receu a dire et proposer les justifications du Duc de Bourgongne sur le suject de la mort du Duc d'Orleans. (1 fos 13v-21v)
  • Autre narré particulier de ce qui se passa et fut dit au conseil du Roy, lors que la Duchesse d'Ouairiere, et Duc d'Orleans y furent ouys et receus a demander justice con. Jean Duc de Bourgongne et ses complices, pour raison du meutre par eux commis en la personne du deffunct Duc d'Orleans. (1 fos 21v-27r)
  • Universis tenorem subsequentis nostri processus inspecturis g. miseratione diuina episcopus Parisiensis, et frater Joannes Poleti sacrae theol. professor, inquisitor hereticae prauitatis in regno franciae, aucthoritate apostolica deputatus, salutem in domino, et pro veritate catholica decertare. (1 fos 27r-31v)
  • Conuocatio concilii in prima fidei cessione. Dated 7 Oct. 1413. The Council's deliberations and conclusions follow. (1 fos 32r-432v)
  • Concilium Parisience congregatum in magna Paris episcopali aula ad assertiones M. J. Parui decidendum supra mortem Ducis Aurelianensis pro justificatione Ducis Burgundiae, in Concilio Constantienci & in Parlamento Parisiorum condemnatas 16 Septembris anni 1416. (2 fos 1r-411v)
  • In hoc libro continentur plures allegationes siue relationes et determinationes plurium magistrorum et bacchalaureaurum formatorum in theologia super materia fidei in causa nouem assertionum magistri Joannis Parui per eximium theologiae doctorem magistrum Joannem de Gersono in concilio Constantiensi denuntiatorum anno 1415. (3 fos 1r-374v)
  • Continues the above. Ends with Lettre du Roy Charles six a l'assemblee du Concile de Constance. (4 fos 1r-508v)
Supplementary information 

360 x 250mm. 4 volumes (432, 412, 374, 509 folios). Paper (shows signs of having suffered from damp around the edges). Several neat hands. Binding: 17th-century calf over pulp boards; gilt double fillet border on both covers and gold-tooled decoration and lettering ('Concilium Parisience') in spine compartments; marbled pastedowns and edges; rebacked by David Yates of John P. Gray & Son, Jan. 1975.

From the library of Charles de Pradel, Bishop of Montpelier (1676-96) ('ex libris bibliothecae D.D. Caroli De Pradel epipi Montpe'). The 1937 St John's College Library bookplate appears in all four volumes. That in volume 1 bears a note by Hugh Gatty stating that the bookplates were inserted in July 1945.

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