Courayer, Pierre Francois Le
Courayer, Pierre Francois Le, an eminent and liberal Roman Catholic divine, born at Vernon, in Normandy, in 1681, was a canon and librarian of St. Genevieve, and a professor of theology and philosophy. Having written a Defence of the Validity of English Ordinations (Brux. 1723, 2 vols. 8vo) he was so persecuted that he took refuge in England in 1728, where he entered the English Church, obtained a pension, and died in 1776. He translated into French Sarpi's History of the Council of Trent, and Sleidan's History of the Reformation, and wrote several tracts. His Disputation on English Ordinations was republished at Oxford, 1844, 8vo. His edition of Sarpi is better than any other (Lond. 1736, 2 vols. fol.).