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,The end of the life of the Founder of our Academy was saddened by bereavement in his family and the suffering due to his frail health. He was not spared in his literary life either as in 1667 during a violent argument opposing Samuel Bochart, his lifelong friend and the bishop of Avranches P-D.Huet, another friend, the former suddenly collapsed and died in Moisant's arms; he was 68.
Gradually, the poet grew detached from his worldly goods. In May 1674 he passed away from post-operative complications of the stone disease. It was Halley, his old tutor who broke the news to the Duke of Montausier. Moisant himself had written the follovving lines:
"My soul, remember your highborn quality
Let us forsake the world and behold heaven."
Bayle pronounced Moisant de Brieux, "the greatest poet that ever lived in France and one well versed in Belles Lettres" He is, undoubtedly, an excellent Latin poet, greatly appreciated by his contemporaries but his French verse sounds somewhat more artificial; however, some of his letters bear witness to a verve and wit akin to Voiture's.
Be that as it may, the founder of the Academy of Caen does not deserve the unwarranted oblivion into which he has generally sunk and, consequently he should have an honourable place in the 17th century anthologies.
Of the six children born to the Moisants only François, the eldest (who was to be converted to the Catholic faith at the time of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes) and his sister Catherine were to have an issue whose descendants are still with ust now-a-days.
The Protestant Church in Caen built in 1611 and
destroyed after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
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To Transactions 1996: Mr Michel de Pontville