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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, www.copyrighthistory.org

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livres reprouvés [Catalogue of prohibited books], drawn up
by the said Faculty of Theology.
      Thus we wish, command, and expressly enjoin
you to have these present ordinances and prohibitions of
ours cried and announced by sound of trumpet and
through public criers within and across all the places which
fall under your competence & jurisdiction; [and] to
accustom yourselves to making such cries &
proclamations, so that no one can then pretend that
he didn't know about them. And if after the said
restraints and prohibitions have been made, you
find anyone to be violating them, you are to proceed
against them by [applying] the penalties specified
above, & otherwise in such a way that seems a
reasonable course of action to you: For such is
our pleasure.
      And since these present instructions may
come to be required in several and diverse places,
we want every certified copy [vidimus] of these instructions
that is made under the royal seal to have this attestation
attached to them, just as in this original document.
      Given at Fontainebleau, the eleventh day
of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand,
five hundred forty-seven..
      And of our reign the first.

By the King in his Council,

      Announced by sound of trumpet, at the various
crossroads of the city of Paris, the nineteenth day of
December, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, five
hundred and forty-seven.


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