François Tallemant the Elder

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François Tallement (1620, La Rochelle – 6 May 1693, Paris) was a French churchman and translator. He is often known as l'Aîné (the Elder) to distinguish him from his cousin Paul Tallement le Jeune.


The brother of Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux, he was almoner to Louis XIV for 24 years, then first almoner to Madame. He was elected a member of the Académie française in 1651. Paul Pellisson said of him "He had a mind, he did not even miss knowing.",[1] whilst one historian in the Académie stated:


We have two translations by him (adjudged mediocre by his contemporaries):

His other works are six discourses he made in the Académie. In one of these he declares:


  1. ^ "Il avoit de l'esprit, il ne manquoit pas même de savoir." – (in French) Paul Pellisson, Histoire de l'Académie françoise, volume I, p. 366 (1653)
  2. ^ (in French) Tyrtée Tastet, Histoire des quarante fauteuils de l'Académie française depuis la fondation jusqu'à nos jours, 1635–1855, volume II, p. 494 (1855)
  3. ^ (in French) Panégyriques et harangues à la louange du Roy prononcez dans l’Académie françoise dans diverses occasions (1680). Cited by (in French) Institut de France : [1]

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