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FRANCOIS DE BOIVIN

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 156 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FRANCOIS DE BOIVIN, Baron de Villars (d. 1618), French chronicler, entered the service of Charles, Marshal Brissac, as secretary, and accompanied him to Piedmont in 1550 when the marshal went to take command of the French troops in the war with Spain. Remaining in this service he was sent after the defeat of the French at St Quentin in 1557 to assure the French king Henry II. of the support of 'Brissac. He took part in the negotiations which led to the treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in April 1559, but was unable to prevent Henry II. from ceding the conquests made by Brissac. Boivin wrote Memoires sur les guerres demelees taut clans le Piemont qu'au Montferrat et duche de Milan par Charles de Cosse, comte de Brissac (Paris, 1607), which, in spite of some drawbacks, is valuable as the testimony of an eye-witness of the war. An edition, carefully revised, appears in the Memoires relatifs d l'histoire de France, tome x., edited by J. F. Michaud and J. J. F. Poujoulat (Paris, 1850). He also wrote Instruction sur les affaires d'etat (Lyons, 161o). See J. Lelong, Bibliotheque historique de la France (Paris, 1768-
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