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Charles Du Fresne, Sieur Du Cange (1610–1688)

Du Cange, Charles Du Fresne, Sieur (dü-käzh’). A celebrated French scholar, lexicographer, and historian; born at Amiens, Dec. 18, 1610. died at Paris, Oct. 23, 1688. A jurisconsult, advocate of the Paris Parliament, he gave up the post to study. His ‘Glossary of Middle and Low Latin’ (3 vols., 1678; completed and extended to 6 vols., by the Benedictines of St. Maur, 1733–36; latest ed. by La Fayre, 10 vols., 1883–88) is still indispensable in reading mediæval books. He is author of a similar work in Greek: ‘Glossary for the Authors of Middle and Low Greek’ (2 vols., 1688). Besides these he wrote in French a ‘History of the Empire of Constantinople under the Frank Emperors’ (1657), and in Latin a ‘Byzantine History.’ Another important historical work written by him is ‘Of the Princedoms Oversea,’ first published (1869) under the title ‘Families of Oversea.’