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LOUIS DORLEANS (1542-1629), French poet and political pamphleteer, was born in '542, in Paris. He studied under Jean Daurat, and after taking his degree in law began to practise at the bar with but slight success. He wrote indifferent verses, but was a redoubtable pamphleteer. After the League had arrested the royalist members of parliament, he was appointed (1589) advocate-general. His "A vertissement des catholiques anglais aux FranQais catholiques du danger oil ils sont de perdre la religion et d'experimenter, comme en Angleterre, la cruaute des ministres s'ils recoivent a la couronne un roi qui soil heretique" went through several editions, and was translated into English. One of his pamphlets, Le Banquet ou apres-dinee du comte d'Arete, in which he accused Henry of insincerity in his return to the Roman Catholic faith, was so scurrilous as to be disapproved of by many members of the League. When Henry at length entered Paris, Dorleans was among the number of the proscribed. He took refuge in Antwerp, where he remained for nine years. At the expiration of that period he received a pardon, and returned to Paris, but was soon imprisoned for sedition. The king, however, released him after three months in the Conciergerie, and by this means attached him permanently to his cause. His last years were passed in obscurity, and he died in 1629.

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