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FRANCOIS CLEMENT (1714-1793)

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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 490 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FRANCOIS CLEMENT (1714-1793), French historian, was born at Beze, near Dijon, and was educated at the Jesuit College at Dijon. At the age of seventeen he entered the society of the Benedictines of Saint Maur, and worked with such intense application that at the age of twenty-five he was obliged to take a protracted rest. He now resided in Paris, where he wrote the 11 th and 1 2th vols. of the Histoire litteraire de la France, and edited (with Dom Brial) the Izth and 13th vols. of the Recueil des historiens des Gauls et de la France. The king appointed him on the committee which was engaged in publishing charters, diplomas and other documents connected with French history (see Xavier Charmes, Le Comite des travaux historiques et scientifiques, vol. i., 1886, passim); and the Academy of Inscriptions chose him as a member (1785). Dom Clement also revised the Art de verifier les dates, edited in 1750 by Dom Clemencet. Three volumes with the Indexes appeared from 1783 to 1792. He was engaged in preparing another volume including the period before the Christian era, when he died suddenly of apoplexy, at the age of sixty-nine. The work was afterwards brought down from 1770 to 1827 by Julien de Courcelles and Fortia d'Urban.
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