Histoire de la Rebellion des Rochelois, et de Leur Reduction à l’Obeyssance du Roy, by Abel de Sainte-Marthe and translated by Jean Baudoin. Paris: chez Jacques Villery, 1629. A digitized version of this text can be viewed here.   During 1627-1628 the French Crown, under Louis XIII, laid siege to La Rochelle, the principal Huguenot… Read More


Histoire des Dignitez Honoraires de France et Erection de Plusieurs Maisons Nobles en Duchez, Comtez, Pairries, Marquisats & Baronnies, by Claude Malingre. Paris: Cardin Besonge, 1636. Call number: SpC. 929.74 M29h1636   Vincent de Paul lived within a hierarchical society of altar and throne. In this power system, sovereignty, wealth, and influence were distributed locally… Read More


Theologia Moralis, in Quinque Libros Partita, by Paul Laymann. Monachii: Formis Nicolai Henrici, 1626. Call Number: SpC.241.0402 L4275h 1626   Casuistry, or case-based reasoning, is a classic method popularized in early modern Roman Catholic moral theology to resolve moral questions or dilemmas. This approach begins by thoroughly examining the moral or ethical case in question,… Read More


Le Sacre et Couronnement de Louys XIV, Roy de France et de Navarre. Reims: Chez la Veuve François Bernard, 1654. Call number: SpC.944.033 R363s 1654   Vincent de Paul had been called to comfort Louis XIII as he lay dying in May of 1643. When Louis died on May 10th he was succeeded by his… Read More