Of perhaps greatest value is his thorough examination of a large body of writings that ordinarily have been ignored by scholars in favor of a nearly exclusive concentration on a few of the more famous Monarchomaque texts by authors such as Francois Hotman, Philippe Duplessis-Mornay
, Theodore Beza, and George Buchanan.
It contends that there was a progression in covenant or federal thought from the first published articulation of the theological covenant by Heinrich Bullinger in 1534, through the use of the covenant notion in defense of tyrannicide by Philippe Duplessis-Mornay
, to Johannes Althusius's political philosophy of federalism, as well as the political theories of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
For the same reason, in Champagne and the northern provinces where the Guise faction was strongest, the Valois monarch purposely restricted the number of royal troops at the duke's disposal in the hope that the League leader would be defeated and perhaps even killed in action.(51) In consequence, the Huguenot Philippe Duplessis-Mornay
predicted that although the Catholic forces would be large, their leadership would be divided, since Henri III "will follow no other design than what he plans for his own good."(52) The Leaguer Villegomblain similarly noted in his memoirs that while the king did not like the Calvinists, he hated and feared the Guises.
Lady Pembroke translated Robert Garnier's tragedy Marc- Antoine and Philippe Duplessis-Mornay
's Discours de la vie et de la mort (both 1592) and elegantly rendered Petrarch's Trionfo della morte into terza rima.
They stem from Plato, Cicero, Virgil, Prudentius, and Aurelius Victor, to Calvin, Rabelais, Desportes, Duplessis-Mornay
, and many others.
1600) to describe theorists allegedly bent on destroying monarchy, the word was applied mainly to continental thinkers such as Hotman, Beza, and Duplessis-Mornay
, but also to the Scottish writer George Buchanan.
de Remand"; Pascale Cuny-Blum, "Le Mystere d'iniquite de Philippe Duplessis-Mornay
Marie-Madeleine Fragonard, "Obscurs, sans-grade, Cons et diffames, les voix du peuple des pamphlets"; Soledad Arredondo, "La guerre franco-espagnole de 1635 et I'intertexttualie des polemistres.
Roger Kuin concluded the volume with a narrative of the Catholic attacks on the books in Phillip Duplessis-Mornay
's library of 1200 volumes in the Protestant academy in Saumur, first on the occasion of his dismissal as governor of the city by Louis XIII in 1621 then, nine months before the 1685 Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, by "the mob" in the city.
There is considerable difference between Protestant and Catholic memoirs (d'Aubigne versus Charlotte Duplessis-Mornay
), but little or none between men and women writers.
In Charlotte de Mornay's Memoires de Charlotte Arbaleste sur la vie de Duplessis-Mornay
son mari (1549-1602) - roughly contemporary with the time in which d'Aubigne was writing to his daughters about how they should curtail their speech - the problematic aspects of the search for a space for female expression are greatly magnified.
, Foix-Candale and the Hermetic Religion of the World." Renaissance Quarterly 31 (1978): 499-514.