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Aubigné, Théodore Agrippa D’

AUBIGNÉ, ō´´bî´´nyê´, THEODORE AGRIPPA D : Huguenot soldier and writer; b. at St. Maury, near Pons (50 m. n. of Bordeaux), in Saintonge, Feb. 8, 1552; d. at Geneva Apr. 29, 1630. He grew up under influences which tended to make him a strong partizan in the religious disputes of the time; studied for a period under Beza at Geneva, but ran away to join a Huguenot regiment at the age of fifteen; fought with distinction through the wars which ended in the accession of Henry IV, and, notwithstanding his rough manners and unpolitic candor, retained the friendship of the king till his death. After the abjuration of Henry he retired from the court, and devoted the later years of his life to literary work. In 1620 to escape threatening persecution he took refuge in Geneva. One of his sons was the father of Madame de Maintenon. His most important work was the Histoire universelle depuis 1560 jusqu’à l’an 1601 (3 vols., Maillé, 1616-20; new ed., by A. de Ruble, 9 vols., Paris, 1886-98). The Tragiques (1616; ed. C. Read, 2 vols., Paris, 1896), a long epic poem, treats in bad verse of the same subject as the Histoire universelle. These works, little read when published, and almost forgotten during the eighteenth century, in modern times have come to be regarded as valuable sources of French history. His complete works have been edited by E. Réaume and F. de Caussade (6 vols., Paris, 1873-92).

Bibliography: His autobiography was published by L. Lalaune, Mémoires de T. A. d’Aubigné, Paris, 1889. Consult further E. Prarond, Les Poötes historiens; . . . d’Aubigné sous Henri III., Paris, 1873; P. Morillot, Discours sur la vie et les œuvres d’Agrippa d’Aubigné, Paris, 1884; A. von Salis, Agrippa d’Aubigné, Heidelberg, 1885; G. Guisot, Agrippa d’Aubigné, Paris. 1890.

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