François de Clermont-Tonnerre

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François de Clermont-Tonnerre
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Born 1629
Died February 15, 1701
Occupation Cleric
Title Count

François de Clermont-Tonnerre (1629 – 15 February 1701) was a French aristocrat and cleric. He served as the Count of Noyon, Bishop of Noyon, a pair de France and a member of the Conseil d'État.

Early life[edit]

François de Clermont-Tonnerre was born in 1629.[1] He was the younger son of comte François de Clermont-Tonnerre (1601-1679) and Marie Vignier de Saint-Liebaut. He received a doctorate at the Sorbonne after studying under the Jesuits.[1]

Vocation[edit]

In 1694, he was appointed to replace Barbier d'Aucour at the Académie française and in 1695 became president of the Assembly of the French clergy.[1] He also wrote some religious works, including a Rule of Saint Benedict (1687). At the time of his death, he was working on a Commentaire mystique et moral sur l'Ancien Testament.

He was summoned to the court of Louis XIV, who wanted to amuse himself with his excessive vanity.[1] Clermont-Tonnerre founded a prize for poetry of 3,000 francs, whose topic was always to be an elegy on Louis XIV and his deeds.[1]

Death[edit]

He died on 15 February 1701.[1]

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