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have originally belonged to the library of Caumartin; this is similar to the collated copy in the Brienne collection.
Manuscript from the Library of M. de Saint Genis.
No. XVII. A folio volume, neither 'attested nor collated, of the process of absolution of La Pucelle; and like the lastmentioned, similar to that of the Brienne library.
Manuscript from the Collection of M. de Brunville.
No. XVIII. A copy, neither collated nor attested, of the process, which appears very correct. This is bound with the copy of the proceedings instituted at the condemnation of Jeanne.
Manuscript from the Library of Saint Germain-des-Près.
No. XIX. A manuscript of the process of justification, neither attested nor collated, being numbered 336; this volume came from the Harley collection.
Manuscript from the Library of Saint Victor.
No. XX. A copy neither collated nor signed, comprising part of No. 417, indicated in article xi., above enumerated. This appears conformable with the collated copy in the
Brienne library; and the penmanship is of the close of the fifteenth century.
Manuscript in the Depót of Legislation and of Historical Charts and Monuments, in the Place Vendóme at Paris.
No. XXI. The manuscript in folio, marima cartá, of which we have spoken above, under article xïi., contains, for the fourth and last document, the process of absolution, and that of revisal entire, with the treatises of the doctors consulted by the judges who had been appointed by Calixtus III.; but these treatises, or doctrinal opinions, are not complete, neither is the manuscript attested nor collated. The writing is of the fifteenth century, except the four last sheets, where the penmanship is of the sixteenth century, together with some sheets that have been interpolated in the course of the manuscript.
HISTORY OF JEANNE D'ARC.
MANUSCRIPTS PRESERVED IN THE ROYAL LIBRARY
No. XXII. Is a very interesting manuscript of Edmund Richer, celebrated syndic of the faculty of theology. It was composed, according to his own words, in part the second, folio 4, in the year 1628, and came from the literary stores of Fontanieu, having the following title: Histoire de la Pucelle d'Orléans ; the number is page 285. The volume is a very thick folio, and appears to be in the handwriting of the author,—the notes are certainly from his pen. Richer composed this work in French, with the greatest care, from the authentic manuscript of the two processes in Latin, of which he makes mention in the advertisement. It is certain, from consulting the work itself, that the intention was to cause it to be printed in 1694, by a letter of privilege, which, although loose, has been preserved in the volume; and that its publication was still intended in 1740, we find indicated in the approbation of the censor.
N. B. The work of Abbé Lenglet Dufrenoy, entitled, Histoire de Jeanne d'Arc, Vierge, Héroine, et Martyre
d'Etat, &c. 1753, three vols. in 12mo. is, as previously stated, but an ill written extract from the work of Richer, of which, however, Lenglet speaks amiss, to mask his own plagiary. He even endeavours to throw a doubt as to the authorities upon which Richer founded his work, for the sole purpose of deterring others from consulting the manuscript; so that this literary theft is not easily detected. It is certain, that were the work of Richer to be now printed, the scholastic turn and antique style of phraseology would tend to its prejudice; the manuscript is not, however, the less precious, and it may prove of the greatest utility to any one who may in future undertake to write an elaborate history of Jeanne d'Arc.
In the advertisement, comprising eight leaves, the author has enumerated all the authentic sources from whence his work is compiled ; and he therein intimates the great desire he has to see the two processes printed entire, and even offers his care and his labour to effect this purpose.
Manuscript from the Library of Rohan Soubise.
No. XXIII. Is a French manuscript of small folio dimensions, but very wide, bound in calf, and worm-eaten, even through the first leaves, which are of vellum : the writing appears of the fifteenth century, and in other respects this is a very beautiful specimen of ancient caligraphy.
The first page presents an engraving of Jeanne d'Arc, in female costume, holding a sword in the right hand; under which are printed two pieces of poetry; the first, consisting of eight verses, is attributed, according to a
manuscript note, to P. Patris, a gentleman of Caen; the second, being the lines of Malherbe, so well known, wherein he compares the species of death suffered by Jeanne d'Arc to that inflicted upon Hercules.
The author then enters upon the subject matter; and begins by descanting on the personages who distinguished themselves, only making mention however of two: namely, “ Messire Peter Brezé, who in his time performed many fine feats against the English, driving them back, even to their very dunghills and territories; and Jeanne la Pucelle, true honour of ladies and young maidens, who avenged Frenchmen of the insupportable injuries which the English, their old enemies, had made them suffer, and who were compelled to fly, or to make the soil of France their burying-ground."
The following is the manner in which the writer explains the object of his labour :
“ In this little book is contained the treatise of the process of Jeanne la Pucelle, the which was judged at Rouen, by the bishop of Beauvais, favourable to the English. I have, in a summary manner, ascertained and verified the country, the nativity, and the names of the father and the mother of the Pucelle, with her ancient prowess, and the miraculous works which she performed."
Manuscript from the Library of M. de Paulmy.
No. XXIV. This document is in 4to., having for title Histoire de Jeanne la Pucelle, being precisely the same work as that from the library of Soubise, which we have previously noticed.