A MOST fortunate person in the year of grace 1482 was the noble gentleman Robert d'Estouteville,⋆ knight, Sieur of Beyne, baron of Ivri and Saint-Andry in la Marche, counsellor and chamberlain to the King, keeper of the Provostry of Paris. It was already close on seventeen years since he had, on 7 November 1465, in the year of the comet, received from the King this fine post of Provost of Paris, reputed more of a lordship than an office. Dignitas, says Joannes Loemnoeus, quae non cum exigua potestate politiam concernente, atque praerogativis multis et juribus conjuncta est [a dignity which is accompanied by no small power of police, and many prerogatives and rights]. A gentleman holding the King's commission with letters of appointment going back to the time of the marriage⋆ of Louis XI's natural daughter to the Bastard of Bourbon was something wondrous in 1482. The same day that Robert d'Estouteville had replaced Jacques de Villiers as Provost of Paris, Maître Jean Dauvet replaced Messire Hélye de Thorettes as First President of the Court of Parliament, Jean Jouvenel des Ursins supplanted Pierre de Morvilliers in the office of Chancellor of France, Regnault des Dormans relieved Pierre Puy of the post of Master of Requests in Ordinary in the King's household. Now, upon how many heads had the presidency, the chancellorship, and the mastership fallen since Robert d'Estouteville had held the Provostship of Paris! It had been 'granted into his keeping' said the letters patent, and he had indeed kept it well. He had clung to it, embodied himself in it, identified himself with it. So much____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Notre-Dame de Paris. Contributors: Victor Hugo - Author, Alban Krailsheimer - Translator. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 207.
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