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.
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.