Claude de Seyssel

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Seyssel, Claude de


(also Claude de Seissel). Born circa 1450 in Aix-les-Bains, department of Savoie; died May 30, 1520, in Turin. French state figure and historian.

Seyssel carried out important diplomatic missions while in the service of the French king Louis XII. In 1509 he became the bishop of Marseille. In 1517 he entered the service of the duke of Savoy. A zealous defender of absolute monarchy, Seyssel wrote works justifying the actions of Louis XII.


Les Louanges du roy louis XII. Paris, 1508.
La Monarchie de France. Paris, 1961.


Vainshtein, O. L. Zapadnoevropeiskaia srednevekovaia istoriografiia. Moscow-Leningrad, 1964. Pages 366–70.
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War, Domination, and the Monarchy of France: Claude de Seyssel and the Language of Politics in the Renaissance.
Although Bude addresses Francis in the Institution as "tres chretien," "don divin," and "premier filz" of the maternal "saincte eglise," he does not develop the affiliation of the French monarch to the Catholic and Apostolic Church, as does Claude de Seyssel, but the sacred nature of the king does enter his discourse.
Michael Randall, "Un roi, deux portraits, trois freins: 'L'Apparition du Mareschal sans reproche, feu messire Jacques de Chabannes' de Guillaume de Cretin et La Monarchie de France de Claude de Seyssel," La Generation Marot.
Among the latter were Jean Petit's 1505 edition of the Sermones of Saint Ephraem and the unique and exceedingly rare first edition of Claude de Seyssel's Tractatus de triplici statu viatoribus (Turin, 1518), an unstudied work by sixteenth-century France's most distinguished translator of classical texts and a political theorist of note.
The foundation of sixteenth-century French political theory was Claude de Seyssel's Monarchy of France, which was presented to Francois I in 1515, two years after Machiavelli wrote his Prince and a year before Erasmus's and Castiglione's manuals of princely behavior appeared.
Shennan's view, grounded in Claude de Seyssel's theory, that "royal sovereignty and its limitations existed together and that one did not diminish the other" (104), while holding on to Robert Knecht's more absolutist reading.
See also Claude de Seyssel, La Monarchie de France (1515), 2.2.