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Bodin, Jean
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(Bodinus; 1529 or 1530, Angers – 1596, Laon) was a Carmelite for a brief period; he studied law in Toulouse from 1550 and became an advocate at the Parliament of Paris in 1561. In 1571, he entered the service of the Duke of Alençon and made contact with the “Politiques,” a group of moderate Catholics and Protestants who regarded the state as having been founded as an order of peace over the disputing confessions. Considered a Huguenot, Bodin barely escaped death in the Massacre of Bartholomew's Day (1572). In 1576, he became states attorney in Laon and, in the same…

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Link, Christoph, “Bodin, Jean”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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