Sanson, Jacques

Sanson, Jacques, A French ecclesiastical writer, was born at Abbeville, Feb. 10, 1596. He took orders as a Carmelite in 1619, under the name of Ignace-Joseph de Jesus-Marie. He was prior of the monastery at Paris, and afterwards had charge of the novices at Charenton and at Toulouse. While in the latter city he became confessor to the duchess of Savoy, and held the position until her death, in 1663. Returning to France, he assisted in founding two monasteries — one at Abbeville, the other at Amiens. He died at Charenton, Aug. 19, 1665. His writings are of very little account except those which give some history of the province of Ponthieu. These are, Histoire Genealogique des Comtes de Ponthieu et des Maires d'Abbeville,

and Histoire Ecclesiastique de la Ville d'Abbeville. Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Générale, s.v.

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