St John's College T.7 (James 476)

Records of Huguenot Synods. French, bef. 1700


Copies of documents relating to 'Synodes des Eglises Pretendues reformées de France'. Spine title: 'Memoires & Actes touchant ceux de la Religion Pret. Ref. Vol. 7'. The contents may be summarised as:

  1. 'De l'Estat et gouvernement des Eglises pretendues reformées de France de leurs Assemblées, Concistoires et Collocques'.
  2. 'Receuil des Synodes des Eglises pretendues reformées de France, commenceant a celuy tenu a Paris en lann ée mil cinq centscinquanteneuf'.
  3. 'Actes du Synode Nationnal des Eglises pretendues reformées tenu a Montpellier lan mil cinq cents quatrevingts dixhuict'.
  4. 'Actes du Synode Nationnal des Eglises pretendues reformées tenu a Gap lan mil six cents trois'.
  5. 'Extraict des Actes du Synode tenu a la Rochelle en lan mil six cents sept'.
  6. 'Actes du Synode nationnal des dictes Eglises tenu a Privas lan mil six cents douce'. To this item, the contents are as listed in a preliminary table of contents.
  7. Documents relating to the Synod at Charenton, near Paris, 1644-6.
  8. 'Meslanges de Memoires et Actes touchant ceux de la Religion Pretendue Reformée', in a chronological sequence running from 1559 to 1635.
Manuscript extra information

435x300 mm. Unfoliated (c. 300 fos). Large 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.

More than one secretary hand, a clean copy. Paper, badly damaged by damp. Binding 17th cent., uniform with T.1-6: 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). Rebacked by David Yates of John P. Gray and Son, Jan. 1975 (inscription inside back cover).