Mémoires pour servir a l’histoire écclésiastique des six premiers siècles,
justifiez par les citations des auteurs originaux,
avec une chronologie où l’on fait un abrégé de l’histoire ecclésiastique et profane
et des notes pour éclaircir les difficultez des faits et de la chronologie
Published: 1693-1712.Volumes: 16
The success of this great work (Histoire des Empereurs) was immediate from the appearance of the first volume and led to a demand for the publication of the Histoire ecclésiastique. Boucherat, Chancelier of France, employed his influence. A new censor was appointed and permission was granted. Before publication, however, strong pressure was exerted on Tillemont to reorganize his work and arrange his material in the form of Annals. In refusing to make the change, he offered his Histoire to another or others who would be willing to rework it in the manner desired, but no one accepted the offer. Volume I was published in 1693. Its title reads : Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire ecclésiastique des six premiers siècles, justifiez par les citations des auteurs originaux, avec une chronologie où l’on fait un abrégé de l’histoire ecclésiastique et profane et des notes pour éclaircir les difficultez des faits et de la chronologie. Volumes II (1694), III (1695), and IV (1696) were prepared for the press by Tillemont himself.
Volumes V-XVI (1698-1712) were given their final preparation by Tronchay. Volume XIII, which contains the life of St. Augustine, appeared after VII, because the Latin vita published by the Maurists in their great edition of St. Augustine was a translation into Latin of the French original written by Tillemont, and it was thought desirable to make the French original available to the public as soon as possible.
Martin R. P. McGuire, ‘Louis-Sebastien le Nain de Tillemont’. The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 52, No. 2 (Jul., 1966), pp. 194-195.
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