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TREATISE ON THE GOVERNMENT OF FRANCE
France, s. XVIIin
1. ff. 1-31v: [Government of France] C’est une pure vraye et absolue monarchie: vray est qu’en apparence elle tient de l’Aristocratie, mais en apparence seulement n’ayant en effect qu’un seul qui y ait commandement souveraine…Quelque fois si les benefices sont de grand revenu il les donne a la charge, qui celuy qui en sera pourveu paiera pension annuelle a tel qui luy plaira. Comme feu monsieur de Chambert avoit pension constituè sur l’Eglise de Beauvois. Finis.
Treatise describing France under Henry IV: government, taxes, expenditures, economy, education, legal and military systems, the royal family, the judiciary; written in 1609 (see f. 29, where the King is said to be 56 years old).
2. ff. 32-36v: Petit traicte touchant chacque Province de france en particuliere, Depuis que les grandes provinces ont estè annexes a la couronne, le royaume de france a estè distribuè en 12 governements et chacque governement en Bailliages et seneschausees…[Lyonnois…:] et a son aspecte sur le Daulphinè duquel la separation separation se fait par la Rhosne qui a un pont aussi. De Daulphinè et Provence Je n’ay point de description, toutes fois ne laissent d’estre aussi fertille que les autres. Finis.
Listed for each province are the “comodites,” the “incomodites” and the “epethites” of its inhabitants; written after 1601 when M. de Montigny was made governor of Paris (f. 32), and before 1610, when the Marèchal d’Ornano died (f. 34). The author may have been Protestant: note f. 33v: “M. de Plessis Mornay de la Religion Gouverneur de Saumur…M. de Parabere de la Religion Gouverneur de Niort.”
3. ff. 37-40: S’ensuit L’Estat des pensions que le roy .X. veult et entend estre paièes a plusieurs Princes seigneurs et Gentilshommes et autres de son Royaume, Premierement, A Royne Marguerite, L. 190000; Monsieur Le Prince, 66000…Marguerite fralty, 600; Non valeurs, 7679. Somme Totale des dicts Pensions Est 2075157 Livers.
Written between 1606, when Maximilien de Bèthune, baron de Rosny acquired the title of Duc de Sully (f. 37v) and 1610 when Alfonse d’Ornano died (f. 37v); lists 113 pensions.
4. ff. 40v-43v: Les noms des Gouverneurs des Principalles villes de france, De Poictiers, Monsieur de Rosny, Monsieur de Malicorne et Monsieur de Parabere, ses Lieutenants en haut et bas Poictou…D’Angoulesme, Jehan Louys de Nogaret duc d’Espernon son lieutenant et Monsieur de Mesees. De Metz, Monsieur d’Arquiem.
Written between 1603, when François de La Grange d’Arquien, sieur de Montigny became governor of Metz (f. 43v) and 1609, when Jacques de Montgomery died (f. 43); 96 places listed.
5. ff. 44-45v: Les noms des villes de la Religion en france, Au Diocese de Nismes: Nismes, figuemortes, Marcellarques…Provence: Auvergne, Clorges, Ostè, Dieu le feit, Lans, Seine. Finis.
A list of the Protestant towns, with 175 entries.
Paper (not in Briquet, but of the same type as Fleur de lis 7210), ff. 45; 337 × 225 (275 × 175) mm. One gathering of 46 leaves, the last missing. Two systems of catchwords used, both sporadically: from verso to the facing recto, and from recto to its verso. 23-25 long lines ruled in lead and written above the top line up to f. 11, thereafter no longer ruled and lines per page vary 29-33; bounding lines in the second part formed by folding; throughout, large left-hand margins, and no right. Written in a cursive script. Some ink spots on beginning leaves. Unbound; once part of the same volume as HM 772, 773, 1313 and 1316, although not originally. For provenance, see description of HM 772. Bibliography: De Ricci, 105.
Abbreviations
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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