Soulavie, Jean Louis Giraud, 1752-1813
- Existence: 1752 - 1813
Soulavie, Jean-Louis Giraud (b Largentière, Ardèche, France, 8 July 1752; d. Paris. France. 11 March 1813). Ordained in 1776, Soulavie was one of the many philosophical abbés and pamphleteers active before the Revolution. He became an early member of the Jacobin Club, supported the Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1790), and served as the diplomatic resident of the First Republic in Geneva (1793–1794). He married in 1792 and was later permitted to return to secular life by Pope Pius VII . After Thermidor (27 July 1794) he devoted himself to the writing and editing of memoirs concerned with the history of France; perhaps best known is his Mémoires historiques et politiques du règne de Louis XVI (1801), which, like his other works, remains difficult to evaluate for its accuracy and historical significance. Soulavie’s major geological publication was the eight-volume Histoire naturelle de la France méridionale (1780–1784).
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Identifier: Mss 783252
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