Selections from Bayle's Dictionary

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Christ and Pope Joan, written by Florimond de Remond, have not been refuted. If he had cast his eyes upon the title page of the Theatre of Anti-Christ,48 and upon Alexander Cooke's Dialogue,49 he might have seen the contrary. I must also observe that the reason he alleges, grounded upon his Historian, being a married man, is not a contemptible one; for it is more natural to believe that a Layman was free from prejudices in writing the history of the enemies of his church, than it is natural to expect such a thing from a Clergyman. And therefore Varillas might be persuaded that Florimond de Remond was less to be suspected than a Monk, or a Priest. I confess this reason is as good for de Thou; but since he writ nothing about Henry the eighth's schism, how could Varillas make use of him? He might therefore have defended himelf as to this particular.]

Ruggeri1 (COSMO), a Florentine, introduced himself into the court of France as a great Astrologer, when Catherine de Medicis favoured that sort of people. He was a man of parts, and had the reputation of being learned; besides he was very bold even to impudence, he thrust himself among persons of quality, and was a great intriguer.2 Catherine de Medicis bestowed upon him the abbey of St Mahé, in Lower Bretagne. He calculated the nativities of all the lords of the court, and did it in such a manner as he thought most proper to get money from them.3 At last, he was accounted a Diviner and a Magician, and in the year 1574, he found himself involved in the affair of la Mole and Coconas,A who, among other crimes, were charged with practicising sorcery against the life of Charles IX.

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1
Balzac, Socrate Chrétien, p.m.253. calls him Cosmo Roger.
2
Garasse, Doctrine curieuse, p.155. 3 Ibid.
3
Ibid.
48
Written by Nicolas Vignier, a minister, and printed in 1610. There came out also a book intituled, l'Antechrist Romain, in answer to our Remond.
49
It was translated out of English into French by Jean de la Montagne.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Editorial Notes xxxiii
  • ABDAS 3
  • ADAM 8
  • ANABAPTISTS 26
  • AUGUSTIN 49
  • BERNARD 77
  • CASTILE 83
  • CONSTANCE 93
  • DAVID 96
  • Hobbes 125
  • JAPAN 142
  • KNUZEN 153
  • MANICHEES 157
  • POQUELIN 183
  • PYRRHO 202
  • REMOND 225
  • RUGGERI 241
  • SARAH 262
  • SPINOZA 291
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