Francogallia. François Hotman.
Francogallia
Francogallia
Francogallia

Francogallia

[Geneva]: Iacobi Stoerij, 1573. First Edition. Small Octavo, [16], 174, [10] pages; VG; Bound in paper-covered arabesque boards with label to spine; Owner's mark to title page. shelved case 7.

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A seminal work in continental constitutional thought that helped to lay the intellectual foundations for the French Revolution. Hotman, a Huguenot jurist, served as a secretary to John Calvin and was an important legal theorist among the early Protestants. The Francogallia argues for representative government and an elective monarchy, and also (fatefully) provides a moral justification for tyrannicide. Mr. Hotman and Louis XVI would not have been fast friends.