Molinet, Claue Du

Molinet, Claue Du a French ecclesiastical antiquary, was born at Chalons-sur-Marne in 1620, and dairing the greater part of his life occupied the position of canon regular and procurator general of the Congregation of St. Genevieve, Paris. He was the author of several works, based mainly upon his researches in ecclesiastical antiquities, the most prominent of which are an edition of The Epistles of Stephen, Bishop of Tournay, with notes, and The History of the principal Popes, as taken from Medals. The latter work extends from Martin V to Innocent XI, and includes a description of medals from 1417 to 1678. In addition to his labors in numismatics, he collected a great many rare curiosities and relics, and some very remarkable Greek and Oriental MSS. The library of St. Genevieve owes much to him for its present renown on account of its great collection and careful preservation of antiquities, which have not only proved of public interest, but of great historical value. He died September 2, 1687. (H.W.T.)

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