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Pierre-Claude Fontenai (16 July 1683, Paris – 13 October 1742, La Flèche), was an 18th-century French Jesuit priest and historian.

Pierre-Claude Fontenai
Born16 July 1683
Died26 October 1742(1742-10-26) (aged 59)

He was rector of the college of Orléans when he was instructed to continue the Histoire de l'Église gallicane begun by Jacques Longueval. Taking residence in the maison professe de Paris, he published volumes IX and X and prepared volume XI.

He led the observation of the solar eclipse on 12 July 1684 at the collège Louis-le-Grand.[1]


  • Histoire de l'Église gallicane, vol 9 et 10, París, 1739 and 1744.


  • H. Beylard: Article Fontenai, Pierre-Claude dans Diccionario historico de la Compañia de Jesús, vol.II, Roma, IHSI, 2001, (p. 1483).


  1. ^ After "Observations of the Eclipse of the Sun on the 12 of July Last (New Style) Made at the Observatory at Paris 1684. in the Lower Apartment, by Messieurs Cassini and Sedileau; In the Upper, by Messieurs de la Hire and Pothenot. At the College of Lewis the Great, in the Presence of Monseigneur the Duke of Bourbon,by R. P. Fontenay... By Divers Other Learned Persons". Philosophical Transactions. 1684. pp. 715–720. Bibcode:1684RSPT...14..715F. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help).