Jacques-Auguste de Thou

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Thou, Jacques-Auguste de


(Thuanus). Born Oct. 8, 1553, in Paris; died there May 7, 1617. French state figure and historian.

A lawyer by education, Thou became president of one of the chambers in the Paris Parliament. An influential councillor of state to Henri IV, he helped prepare the Edict of Nantes (1598). In 1593 he was appointed director of the royal library. Thou’s chief work was History of His Own Time, written in Latin, which reflects political events in Europe, including the Russian state, from 1543 to 1607. Thou made use of official documents, diplomats’ reports, and the memoirs of military and political figures, especially for the history of France.


Histoire universelle, vols. 1–16. London, 1734.


Vainshtein, O. L. Zapadnoevropeiskaia srednevekovaia istoriografiia. Moscow-Leningrad, 1964. Pages 397–401.
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Among his correspondents are many of the great names of the day: Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler, Denis Lambin and Justus Lipsius, Isaac Casaubon and Daniel Heinsius, along with Jacques-Auguste de Thou. Some of the letters are intimate and personal, ranging from an account of a recent illness to a note accompanying the gift of some bottles of wine.
The best example of such trouble was the publication, in 1604, of the first books of the Historiarum sui temporis by the historian, poet and president of the Parliament of Paris, Jacques-Auguste De Thou. This monumental narrative of the wars of religion, which begins with the death of Francis I in 1547, is the foremost History produced by French Humanism.
The Works of Jacques-Auguste de Thou. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1966.
The colouring of this copy, described as extraordinarily rich and accurate, may have been commissioned by the French historian and statesman Jacques-Auguste De Thou whose coat-of-arms is on the 1587 binding.
Thuanus: The Making of Jacques-Auguste de Thou (1553-1617).
Thierry compares d'Aubigne's work to that of other historians of his time, most notably of Monluc, a Catholic capitain, and of Jacques-Auguste de Thou, a moderate Catholic and a key member of the group of political moderates known as the Politiques.
De Smet's study most skillfully recounts and analyzes the remarkable life of Jacques-Auguste de Thou, one of France's most scholarly, albeit controversial, luminaries of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
His circle of learned friends, including Claude Fauchet, Pierre Pithou, and Jacques-Auguste de Thou, lent him manuscripts or placed their libraries at his disposal.
De Smet's is not the first, or the only, treatment of de Thou in modern times: she acknowledges generously her debt to Samuel Kinser's fundamental study, The Works of Jacques-Auguste de Thou (The Hague, 1966).
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