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...Charles Cossé de Brissac was born in 1628 and died in 1693. He was the grandson of the famous Charles II de Cossé, duc de Brissac (d. 1621) and a member of Henri IV’s Council of the Regency. Like many young aristocrats of his time, he...
...Stevin, Simon Stevin was born in 1548 in Bruges to Antheunis Stevin and Cathelyne van der Poort. The first thirty years of his life remain shrouded in obscurity. In the 1570s he was probably working as a book-keeper in Antwerp and in 1577...
...Coton, Pierre Bérulle, Pierre de Pierre Coton was born in the Loire region in 1564 and died in Paris on 19 April 1626. He studied law and then went on to join the Society of Jesus in Italy. On his return to France, he initiated a series...
...Sales, François de Bérulle, Pierre de Chambéry François de Sales was the son of François de Boisy, comte de Sales, and of Françoise de Sionnaz. He was born in the Château de Sales, in the town of Thorens Thorens in Savoie, on 21 April 1567...
...Nicolas Coeffeteau was born in Château-du-Loir, in the Maine region in 1574 and died in Paris on 21 April 1623. He entered the Dominican monastery in Sens in 1588. He professed his vows in 1590 and then became a teacher of philosophy...
...Petau, Denis Orléans A leading figure of learned Paris Paris, Denis Petau (in Latin Petavius) was born on 21 August 1583 in Orléans, into a family of merchants and scholars, and died on 11 December 1652. He began studying in his home town...
...Champagne Lorraine Reims Sedan Toul Vitry-le-François Claude Pithois was born in 1587 in Vitry-le-François, in Champagne Pouilleuse, and died in Sedan in December 1676. He was the son of Isaac Pithois and Marie Marchand; he spent his early...
...Palingh, Abraham Abraham Palingh was probably born in Beveren, near Antwerp. He was the son of Andries Palinck, a minister of a Mennonite congregation in Haarlem. Abraham understood Dutch, French and German but not Latin, which means...
...Duvergier de Hauranne, Jean, abbot of Saint-Cyran Laval Rouen Julien Hayneuve was born in Laval in 1588 into an aristocratic family. From birth, his mother intended him to join the Church and he took orders on 13 May 1608. He became rector...
...Champagne Dijon Le Cazre, Pierre Letenneur, Jacques Alexandre Rennes Pierre Le Cazre (Casré, Cazraues), born in 1589 in Rennes, entered the Jesuit order in 1608. He taught the humanities, philosophy, mathematics and theology, and was rector...