Rely, Jean De

Rely, Jean De a French preacher, was born about 1430. He was made doctor of theology at Arras, and became successively canon, chancellor, and archdeacon of Notre Dame at Paris, and rector of the university. In this capacity he drew up in 1461 the Remonstrances which the Parliament presented to Louis XI for the maintenance of the Pragmatic Sanction, written with remarkable energy of style, and often reprinted both in French and in Latin. In 1483 he was deputy to the States-General of Tours, and presented to Charles VIII the result of their deliberations. In 1490 he became canon of St. Martin of Tours, and in Dec., 1491, he was elected bishop of Angers. He accompanied Charles VIII to Italy, where he was charged with several duties near pope Alexander VI. Rely died at Saumur March 27, 1499. Besides the Breviary of St. Martin of Tours, he revised by royal commission the translation of the historical books of the Bible by Guyart de Moulins (1495, fol.). — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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