French Censorship Act, Fontainebleau (1547)

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22071 n° 9

French Censorship Act, Fontainebleau (1547), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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King Henri the second of that name, regarding the books
which are censored by the Faculty of Theology of Paris.
Published by order of the Parlement's court, the
nineteenth day of December. 1547.
                  EXTRACT FROM THE RECORDS
                                    of the Parlement

      HENRI, by the Grace of God
King of France, to our beloved and
loyal [followers], the people who make up our courts of
Parlement, the Bailiffs, Seneschals,
Provosts, and to all our appointing authorities [justiciers]
and officials, & to each and every one of them, our greetings and affection.
      One of the things which we have most at
heart, & which seems to us most worthy of the name
that we bear (& of the position to which it has pleased God
to call us), is to pursue, by all the
best means which are in our capacity,
the extirpation of the errors and false doctrines
which have pullulated, and are still pullulating at present,
in our Kingdom, to our great regret &
displeasure.      And since it has seemed to us
that among the various provisions which we have
to issue, so as to attain the goal of our wish
& intention, one of the first and principal
ones is to expel from amongst our subjects the use of
condemned books, which are the source &
occasion of the said errors, & to make sure that
henceforth no such books, concerning the Holy
Scriptures, are printed unless they have
previously been seen and examined correctly
and thoroughly, so that before they are brought
to light, if there is


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