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LOUIS MAIMBOURG (1610—1686)

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 430 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LOUIS MAIMBOURG (1610—1686), French Jesuit and historian, was born at Nancy. He entered the Society of Jesus at the age of sixteen, and after studying at Rome became a classical master in the Jesuit college at Rouen. He afterwards devoted himself to preaching, but with only moderate success. After having taken some part in minor controversies he threw himself with energy into the dispute which had arisen as to the Gallican liberties; for his TraitE historique sur les prerogatives de l'Eglise de Rome (1682) he was by command of Innocent XI. expelled from the Society, but rewarded by Louis XIV. with a residence at the abbey of St Victor, Paris, and a pension. He died on the 13th of August 1686. His numerous works include histories of Arianism, the iconoclastic controversy, the Greek schism, Lutheranism, Calvinism, and of the pontificates of Leo I. and Gregory I.; they are mere compilations, written indeed in a very lively and attractive style, but inaccurate and untrustworthy. The History of Arianism was published in English (1728—1729) by William Webster, with an appendix on the English writers in the Socinian and Arian controversies.
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