Bouillaud (or Boulliau), Ismael

Bouillaud (Or Boulliau), Ismael, a French theologian, was born at Loudun, Sept. 28, 1605, of Protestant parents; when, however, he attained his twentyfifth year, he abjured the faith of his parents, and was received into priest's orders. In 1640 he wrote Diatriba de St. Benigno, i.e. a dissertation on the chronology of the life of St. Benignus of Dijon, which was first published by D'Achery, in the first volume of his Spicilegium (1655). Bouillaud also, in 1649, wrote Pro Ecclesiis Lusitanicis ad Clerum Gallicanum Libri Duo, in behalf of the Church of Portugal, which had remained destitute of fresh bishops from the period at which that country shook off the Spanish yoke, the pope refusing the necessary bulls to those who were nominated by king John IV. Bouillaud shows how the right of election is with the priests and people, and that the claim asserted by princes to nominate to the bishoprics of their kingdoms is a pure usurpation. This treatise, together with another on the same subject, entitled De Populis Fundis, was printed at Strasburg in 8vo, in 1656. He also gave the Historia Byzantina of Theodorus Ducas in Greek, with a Latin version and notes, printed at the Louvre; and a Treatise on the Paschal Moon, in reply to M. Toinard. He left also many scientific works. Bouillard died in 1694.

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