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Jean Mabillon (1632–1707)

Mabillon, Jean (mä-bē-yô‘). A noted French scholar and historian; born at St. Pierremont, Ardennes, Nov. 23, 1632; died at Paris, Dec. 27, 1707. He belonged to the Benedictine order, and lived in the famous Abbey of St. Germain-des-Prés, Paris, after 1664. His critical ‘Ancient Analects’ (4 vols., 1675–85), and ‘Italian Museum’ (2 vols., 1687–89), collected in Germany and Italy, possess great value. In ‘On Diplomacy’ (1681), his chief work, in which are stated the principles of historic inquiry, and which became a classic, he defended his method, which had been attacked by the Jesuits.