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6 Authorial Strategies in Jean Bodin

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This chapter identifies some general patterns of Jean Bodin's decisions as a prolific author in two languages and multiple fields and genres. It then focuses on how Bodin responded to critics of his République by using the voices of others to respond forcefully in the vernacular and by maintaining under his own name the persona of a dignified Latin author content to accept the judgements of others. More re-editions of Bodin's works were published during his lifetime than afterwards (except for the Latin Republica) an indication that Bodin's own activities helped foster interest in them. Nonetheless, Bodin's name was considered a selling point, to judge from the works that invoked it after his death, such as the Consilium Ioannis Bodini and the vernacular popularization of his Theatrum in the Problemata Bodini.

Keywords: Consilium Ioannis Bodini; Jean Bodin; Problemata Bodini; République; Theatrum



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