French, Greek, Modern (1453- ). In French, with some passages in Classical Greek.
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[France, ca. 1590.]
1 v. (224 leaves); 26 cm.
Reported to: Bibliothèque Nationale pre-1600 manuscript census.
Ciceronian dialogue and thesis provide the structure of this essay on the killing of tyrants, a subject much discussed following the events of the reign of Henry III and the Catholic-Protestant schism. Reference is made by the author to the work of Hubert Languet and Juste Lipse.
Advocate to the parliament of Burgundy, historian, and compiler of customary law, Durand was a respected legal scholar during his lifetime and after. There is internal evidence to attribute this manuscript to him but no clear signature. A dialogue is copied between "Durand" and "Bernard, " the latter probably being Etienne Bernard, mayor of Dijon in 1594.