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Report No. t233

Arnulphus Ruzaeus

c. 1485–1540


Alternative Names

Arnoult Ruzé



Born probably in Blois, A. was a cleric from a family many of whose members served the king. He obtained a doctorate in utroque at Orléans, served as chancellor of the university, and taught canon law there. In 1517/18 the king made him a councillor of the Grand Conseil, a position that he resigned in 1520, but he remained a parlementaire until the end of his life.

A. was a friend of Guillaume Budé, knew Greek, and was influenced by humanism. His Opera were published in Paris in 1534 and, again, in 1542. The most important of these is his Tractatus iuris regaliorum (TUI 1584 t. 12). The work is interesting in that it seeks to ground the regalia of the French king on historical precedents, without mentioning the Concordat of Bologna of 1516.

Source: P. Arabeyre, in DHJF.

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