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MONLUC (or Montluc), Jean de. Bp. of Valence. 1508-1579
Vera Et Brevis Descriptio Tvmvltvs Postremi Gallici Lvtetiani
Cracow: N. Scharffenberg, 1573. 4to. [ii], [12]p. Fleuron title frame.Half-calf and marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine title. Only Edition. Early in 1573, Monluc, the French ambassador in Poland, asserted Henri de Valois' innocence in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of August 1572. His participation in the crime would have precluded his rule of Poland, due to the country's large Protestant minority. In the event, Monluc's print campaign, diplomacy and bribery got Henri elected King of Poland-Lithuania in May 1573: in 1574 he became Henri III of France. These published deceits, however, cost Monluc his credibility. I have found one example in U.S. libraries. In good condition.¶Hoskins, Early & Rare Polonica 10974; Estreicher, Bibliografia polska II(1): 62; Hauser, Les Sources de l'histoire de France 2107; USTC 242161 (one copy).
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