Signed letter to the First President of Paris, Jean de Selve, to François de Loynes president of inquiries, and to Louis Ruzé civil lieutenant of the provost of Paris; countersigned by Florimond Dorne and Florimond Robertet. Dated from Paris, 4 February 
1 quarto page in black ink on 1 sheet of laid paper.
Important letter from the king: “Les affaires que avons pour la deffense de nostre Royaume nous pressent tant quil ny fault pas perdre une heure de temps
The king order his “amiz et feaulx”: “Transportez vous samedi prochain devers les evesque et clergié du diocèse de Paris pour savoir au vray la resolution et conclusion quilz auront prinse touchant layde et subside que leur avons par vous faict demander, et nous en advertissez incontinant, car les affaires que avons pour la deffense de nostre Royaume nous pressent tant quil ny fault pas perdre une heure de temps ...”
Jean de Selve (1475-1529), magistrate and diplomat, First President of the Parliaments of Rouen then of Bordeaux, Vice-Chancellor of Milan then First President of the Parliament of Paris, he was in charge of important diplomatic missions in England for the negotiation of peace and in Spain for the liberation of François I following the defeat of Pavia. He was the last of the first Presidents of Parliaments to have played a role in general administration and diplomacy.
This urgent letter (“il ne faut pas perdre un heure de temps”) reflects the critical situation in which the country found itself in 1523. In April of the previous year, the French troops had been forced to cross the Alps. Another front then opened with the landing of the English who invaded the north of France.
The king absolutely had to raise money to deal with the war effort and went to the clergy to ask for “help and subsidy.” During his reign, the clergy had to give heavy contributions to the demanding king, in addition to loans, of large free donations.
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- François Ier
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- Lettre signée à Jean de Selve
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- 1st Edition
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- 21.5×20.5 cm