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DENIS GODEFROY (1615–1681)

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 171 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DENIS GODEFROY (1615–1681), eldest son of Theodore, succeeded his father as historiographer of France, and re-edited various chronicles which had been published by him. He was entrusted by Colbert with the care and investigation. of the records concerning the Low Countries preserved at Lille, where great part of his life was spent. He was also the historian of the reigns of Charles VII. and Charles VIII. Other members of the family who attained distinction in the same branch of learning were the two sons of Denis Godefroi—Denis (1653–1719), also an historian, and Jean, sieur d'Aumont (1656–1732), who edited the letters of Louis XII., the memoirs of Marguerite de Valois, of Castelnau and Pierre de l'Estoile, and left some useful material for the history of the Low Countries; Jean Baptiste Achille Godefroy, sieur de Maillart (1697–1759), and Denis Joseph Godefroy, sieur de Maillart (1740-1819), son and grandson of Jean Godefroy, who were both officials at Lille, and left valuable historical documents which have remained in MS. For further details see Les Savants Godefroy (Paris, 1873) by the marquis de Godefroy-Menilglaise, son of Denis Joseph Godefroy.
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