Gabriel Bouvery served as Bishop of Angers during the French Wars of Religion. In 1567 he formed the Angevin Catholic League, and his diocese was spared the worst of the violence. Jean Bodin, translator of this rare work, was a political and natural philosopher, historian, economist, demonologist and, more generally, one of the most compelling intellectual figures of the sixteenth century. In 1548, Bodin was summoned before France’s newly formed tribunal for the suppression of heresy, the Chambre Ardente, and was shortly thereafter imprisoned on suspicion of consorting with "lutherans." It was Gabriel Bouvery who would prove instrumental in securing his release. Upon his liberation, Jean Bodin returned to Angers—the town of his birth—where he remained under Bishop Bouvery’s protection. In the early 1550s, Bodin took up study at the University of Toulouse, and afterwards became the scientific editor for the Latin translation from the Greek of Oppian's third-century treatise on hunting, present here. In this translation, Bodin includes a warm dedication to his protector, Gabriel Bouvery.
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