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JULIEN HAVET (PIERRE EUGLNE) (1853-1893)

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 82 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JULIEN HAVET (PIERRE EUGLNE) (1853-1893), French historian, was born at Vitry-sur-Seine on the 4th of April 1853, the second son of Ernest Havet. He early showed a remarkable aptitude for learning, but had a pronounced aversion for pure rhetoric. His studies at. the Ecole des Chartes (where he took first place both on entering and leaving) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes did much to develop his critical faculty, and the historical method taught and practised at these establishments brought home to him the dignity of history, which thenceforth became his ruling passion. His valedictory thesis at the Ecole des Chartes, Serie chronologique des gardiens et seigneurs des Iles Normandes (1876), was a definitive work and but slightly affected by later research. In 1878 he followed his thesis by a study called Les Cours royales dans les Iles Normandes. Both these works were composed entirely from the original documents at the Public Record Office, London, and the archives of jersey and Guernsey. On the history of Merovingian institutions, Havet's conclusions were widely accepted (sec La Forniule N. rex Francor., v. After his death his published and unpublished writings were collected and published (with the exception of Les Cours royales des Iles Normandes and Lettres de Gerbert) in two volumes called Questions merovingiennes and Opuscules inedits (1896), containing, besides important papers on diplomatic and on Carolingian and Merovingian history, a large number of short monographs ranging over a great variety of subjects. A collection of his articles was published by his friends under the title of Melanges Havet (1895), pre-fixed by a bibliography of his works compiled by his friend Henri Omont. (C. B.*)
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