• Samuel Kinser
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives internationales D’Histoire des Idees book series (ARCH, volume 18)


There are two reasons for studying the works of Jacques-Auguste de Thou. We study them because we desire to know the past which he recorded in such ample measure, and we study them because we wish to understand the man who wrote them, the cultural climate in which he wrote and in which his works flourished. It is important to us to know as precisely as possible what happened in sixteenth-century Europe, and de Thou’s History aids us to that end more than any other single narrative source. But it is also important to us to understand why and how this great work was written, how its reputation grew and changed, and why this work and its author stand in relative obscurity today.


French Translation Relative Authority Cultural Climate Moralistic Method Ample Measure 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Kinser
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryNorthen Illinois UniversityUSA

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