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6 The Reception of William Durant the Younger’s Treatises in Late Medieval and Early Modern Times

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William Durant the Younger was born in about 1266 in Puimisson near Beziers in Southern France, and served as bishop of Mende and count of Gevaudan, an extended territory in the south of the Massif Central, from 1296 until his death in 1330. The younger Durant is best known for a great treatise on the reform of the church that he submitted to the Council of Vienne 1311-12. Durant's treatise thus differs in several respects from the writings to which this colloquium is primarily devoted. It is an occasional piece of writing on the reform of the church. By no means does it deal systematically with anything that could be called political theory. The difficulty is made considerably greater by the method Durant used to express himself in his treatise. Durant's treatise thus does not seem to have circulated widely during the fourteenth century.

Keywords: Gevaudan; Vienne; William Durant



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