Charles Petit-Dutaillis

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Petit-Dutaillis, Charles


Born Jan. 26, 1868, in Saint-Nazaire; died May 17, 1947, in Paris. French medieval historian. Member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (1930).

Petit-Dutaillis’s works on medieval France, England, and Holland centered primarily on political history; he attributed the development of the feudal monarchy to moral factors. In his study of the feudal monarchy in England from the tenth to 13th centuries, he traced in detail the conflict between the king and the barons, and viewed the Magna Carta as a triumph for reactionary forces. Petit-Dutaillis also published collections of documents on medieval history.


Etude sur la vie et le règne de Louis VIII (1187–1226). Paris, 1894.
“Charles VII, Louis XI et les premières années de Charles VIII.” In Lavisse, E. Histoire de France, vol. 4, part 2. Paris, 1902.
Les Communes françaises: Caractère et évolution des origines au XVIII siècle. Paris, 1947.
In Russian translation:
Feodal’naia monarkhiia vo Frantsii i v Anglii X-XIII vv. Moscow, 1938.
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