Moisant de Brieux 2

Jacques Moisant de Brieux,born on 15 May 1611, received a sound education, first at the Collège du Bois in Caen where his teacher was Antoine Halley who introduced him to Latin poetry and inspired his pupil with a lasting regard. Then he followed the path of the young calvinists of his age, spending some time in Sedan where he met the future Duke of Montausier .(1610-1690) with whom he enjoyed a lifelong friendship. Montausier, eventually, became Governor of Normandy and was reunited with Moisant in Caen.


The revered master of Moisant de Brieux 
Antoine Halley
Professor of Canon Law at 22.
 Rector of the University, Principal of the Collège du Bois, then  
Royal Professor
of Rhetoric.

 After some travelling and the purchase of the office of Councillor with the Parliament of Metz, Moisant married Catherine Van der Thomb, also of the Reformed Church, who brought this wealthy young man a dowry of 100,000 pounds.

On his return to Caen, Jacques Moisant dedicated himself to literary life and developed contacts with the scholars of the region. He entertained a select society to which he could devote all his time. After the acquisition, in 1637, of the manor house and fief of La Luzerne at Bernières-sur-Mer, he spent his time between a brilliant intellectual life in town, and a more homely one in the country which enabled him to enjoy resting, reading, meditating and also afforded him time to cultivate his garden (in the proper not Voltairean sense) and to gaze at the sea stretching as far as the eye could reach, in front of the manor house.

(The Luzerne Manor house at Bernières, celebrated by Garabyde la Luzerne, the Norman Montaigne.)

 The Académie Française had just been founded in Paris in 1635, originating in Conrart's home, given rules by Chapelain, implemented under the patronage of Richelieu who pressed to have the Statutes adopted.

Now, Moisant de Brieux often met Conrart and we already know of his connection with Montausier, the son-in-law of Madame de Rambouillet...Thus was sown the idea of an Academy in Caen. (see History, the foundation).

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