Jacques Gillot (jurist)

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Jacques Gillot (1550? – 1619) was a French priest and jurist, and reputed author, a Gallican opponent of the Society of Jesus.[1]

Gillot was a councillor-clerk of the Parlement de Paris, and also a canon of the Sainte-Chapelle. He was notorious for associating with freethinkers; the Queen called him "the Lutheran priest".[2] He was also Dean of Langres Cathedral.[3]

One work where Gillot's part is attested is Satyre Ménippée de la vertu du catholicon d'Espagne et de la tenue des éstats de Paris (1599)[4] Gillot was a reputed collaborator in the Satire Ménippée.[5] The other authors are given as: Pierre Leroy (a canon of Rouen), Pierre Pithou, Nicolas Rapin, Florent Chretien, and Jean Passerat.[6]

The Vita Calvini of Jean Papire Masson was often incorrectly attributed to Gillot in the 17th century.[7] The Traictez des droicts et libertez de L'Eglise gallicane (1609) is traditionally attributed to Gillot, but on unclear grounds.[8]

Gillot was a correspondent of Paolo Sarpi,[9] and was one of the anti-Jesuit circle that circulated the unlikely story of Pierre Coton and the questions he had supposedly prepared to ask an exorcised spirit.[10] Others in his correspondence network were Isaac Casaubon[11] and Joseph Scaliger.[12]


  1. ^ Eric Nelson (2005). The Jesuits and the Monarchy: Catholic Reform and Political Authority in France (1590-1615). Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-7546-3888-9. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ René Pintard (2000). Le Libertinage érudit dans la première moitié du XVIIe siècle. Slatkine. p. 11. ISBN 978-2-05-101818-0. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Joseph Fr Michaud; Jean Joseph François Poujoulat (1838). Nouvelle collection des mémoires pour servir à l'histoire de France, depuis le XIIIe siècle jusqu'à la fin du XVIIIe: précédés de notices pour caractériser chaque auteur des mémoires et son époque , suivis de l'analyse des docoments historiques qui s'y rapportent. ¬Le Duc de Bouillon, Le duc d'Angoulème, Villeroy, de Thou, Choisnyn, Gillot, Merle, Saint-Auban, Louise Bourgeois, Dubois, Groulard, Marillac (in French). Guyot. p. 473. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ CERL page, Gillot, Jacques.
  5. ^ René Pintard (2000). Le Libertinage érudit dans la première moitié du XVIIe siècle (in French). Slatkine. p. 98. ISBN 978-2-05-101818-0. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  6. ^ the literature of the french renaissance. CUP Archive. p. 233. GGKEY:NNEAZKWSAQX. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Randall C. Zachman (1 September 2008). John Calvin and Roman Catholicism: Critique and Engagement, Then and Now. Baker Academic. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-8010-3597-5. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Jotham Parsons (1 December 2004). The Church in the Republic: Gallicanism & Political Ideology in Renaissance France. CUA Press. p. 130 note 92. ISBN 978-0-8132-1384-2. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  9. ^ William James Bouwsma (1968). Venice and the Defense of Republican Liberty: Renaissance Values in the Age of the Counter Reformation. University of California Press. p. 547 note 310. ISBN 978-0-520-05221-5. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Eileen Adair Reeves (2008). Galileo's Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror. Harvard University Press. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-674-02667-4. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Ingrid De Smet (2006). Thuanus: The Making of Jacques-Auguste de Thou (1553-1617). Librairie Droz. p. 103 note 127. ISBN 978-2-600-01071-9. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Sam Kinser (31 July 1967). The Works of Jacques-Auguste De Thou. Springer. p. 9 note 1. ISBN 978-90-247-0194-0. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 

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