Louis Maimbourg

Louis Maimbourg (Latin: Ludovicus Mamburgus;[1] January 10, 1610, Nancy – August 13, 1686, Paris) was a French Jesuit and historian.[2]

Louis Maimbourg.


Born at Nancy, Maimbourg entered the Society of Jesus at the age of sixteen, and after studying at Rome became a classical master in the Jesuit college at Rouen. He afterwards devoted himself to preaching, but with only moderate success. After having taken some part in minor controversies he threw himself with energy into the dispute which had arisen as to the Gallican liberties; for his Traité historique de l'établissement et des prérogatives de l'Eglise de Rome et de ses évêques (1682) he was by command of Innocent XI expelled from the Society, but rewarded by Louis XIV with a residence at the abbey of St Victor, Paris, and a pension.[3]


His numerous works include histories of Arianism, the iconoclast controversy, the Great Schism of 1054, Lutheranism, Anglicanism, Calvinism, and of the pontificates of Leo I and Gregory I. These works are compilations, written in a very lively and attractive style, but noted for their inaccuracies.[4][5] His work on the Crusades, Histoire des Croisades pour la délivrance de la Terre Sainte (1675),[6] was a populist and royalist history of the Crusades from 1195–1220, and is regarded as the first use of the term "crusade." It was translated into English in 1684 by historian John Nalson.[7]


  1. ^ Ignaz Weitenauer, De modo legendi et excerpendi libri duo
  2. ^ Weber, Nicholas Aloysious (1910). "Louis Maimbourg". In Catholic Encyclopedia. 9. New York.
  3. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Louis Maimbourg" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 430.
  4. ^ Bibliothèque nationale de France {BnF Data}. "Louis Maimbourg (1610-1686)".
  5. ^ Lock, Peter (2006). Routledge, Abingdon. "The Routledge Companion to the Crusades". p. 280.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Maimbourg, L. (1677). Histoire des croisades pour la délivrance de la Terre Sainte. 2d ed. Paris.
  7. ^ Nalson, John (1684). Translated from Maimbourg's "Histoire des Croisades pour la délivrance de la Terre Sainte". "The History of the Crusade, or the Expeditions of the Christian Princes, for the Conquest of the Holy Land".


External linksEdit