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THIERS, Jean-Baptiste. 1636-1703
Dissertation Sur Les Porches Des Eglises
Orléans: D. Hotot, 1679. Contemporary mottled calf (rubbed), board edges and spine and title gilt, edges sprinkled red and brown. Nor food, nor drink, nor books, nor song sheets, nor pilgrim badges, nor popular imagery, nor clothing (new or used), nor animals (live or dead), nor money changing, nor lending, nor music playing, nor commercial letter writing, nor fortune telling.... NO!  Only Edition. Though apparently uncontroversial, this investigation into the sacred status of the steps and covered areas immediately surrounding churches and chapels was, in fact, aimed directly at the Chartres Chapter's practice of accommodating vendors at its famed cathedral. Thiers begins with Scripture and ends with the 1584 Synod of Blois, citing Church Fathers, Councilar decrees and canonical statutes in his cause.  On publication in early 1679, the Chartres Chapter immediately ordered his arrest and dispatched a mounted guard for the task. The lawmen arrived, were warmly received and served an elaborate and long dinner, during which the host had his horse shod for ice. Thiers departed into the frost and snow with his captors, and, upon passing a frozen lake, he bolted across the ice (where they could not follow) and sought refuge with his bishop, who had the charges dropped. Don't mess with the guy. In nice condition. ¶Camus, Bibliothèque choisie des livres de droit ed. Dupin 2953; Cioranescu 64504.
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