St John's College T.1 (James 470)

Records of Huguenot Assemblies. French, bef. 1700


'Assemblées politicques de ceulx de la Religion pretendue reformée'. No date, but after 1626 and bef. 1700. Spine title: 'Memoires & Actes touchant ceux de la Religion Pret. Ref. Vol. 1'. It records meetings of the following Huguenot assemblies:

  1. S. Jean d'Angely, 'procez verbal', 1582 (fo. 3r)
  2. Mantes, 'Copie du cahier contenant les demandes des Depputez' to the King [Henri IV], 1593 (fo. 11r)
  3. Chatellerault, 'Actes de l'Assemblée', 1605 (fo. 41r)
  4. Saumur, 'Actes de l'Assemblée Generalle', and copies of associated documents, 1611 (fo. 65r)
  5. 'Cahier Presenté par ceux de la Religion Pretendue reformée', 18 Aug. 1615 (fo. 211r)
  6. Loudun, 'Actes de l'Assemblée generalle', 1619-20 (fo. 221r)
  7. 'Cahier presenté par ceux de la Religion pretendue Reformée et respondu par Le Roy [Louis XIII] ... 1625 [sic, recte 1626]', (fo. 260r)
Manuscript extra information

433x300 mm. vi+270+xiii fos. College bookplate (1937) inside front cover. There is no earlier internal evidence of provenance. T.1-18 were presented to the College by William Grove, a former Fellow, in 1762.

Single secretary hand, a clean copy. Paper, slightly damaged by damp. Binding seventeenth century: leather on boards, with gold decoration and lettering: at centre on both front and rear the arms of Bénigne le Ragois de Bretonvilliers (d. 1700), President of the Chambre des Comptes at Paris, 1657: a shield, in chief two sickles, in base an eagle with olive branch, surmounted by a helmet. Bretonvilliers formed a library at his hotel on the Ile St Louis. At his death the Bibliothèque du Roi bought 35 MSS. 'Most of his books were stamped with his arms' (see Joannis Guigard, Armorial du Bibliophile, Paris, 1870-3, ii, 175).