In contrast to Jerome Bolsec and Richelieu, Masson carefully examines slanderous and otherwise clearly spurious allegations, and he distinguishes between the genres of elogium
(praise) and vita (which can be critical and in this case is).
The bishop had also written several elogia in prose on these individuals, and for each he invited a well-known poet, sometimes two, to contribute a short poem in addition to his own elogium
Jean Brunel studies the elogium
, its rhetoric and content, reconstructs the horizon of expectations of the contemporary reader, and explores its contributions to the political history and intellectual life of the sixteenth century.