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Monod, Gabriel

MONOD, GABRIEL (1844- ), French historian, was born at Havre on the 7th of March, 1844. Adolphe Monod (q.v.) was his uncle. Having studied at Havre, he went to Paris to complete his education, and whilst there lived with the family of De Pressense. The influence of Edmond de Pressense, a pastor and large-minded theologian, and of Madame de Pressense, a woman of superior intellect and refined feeling, who devoted her life to educational works and charity, made a great impression on him. In 1865 he left the ecole nor male superieure, and went to Germany, where he studied at Gottingen and Berlin. The teaching of George Waitz definitely directed his studies towards the history of the middle ages. Returning to France in 1868 he was nominated by V. Duruy to give lectures on history, following the method used in German seminaries, at the ecole des hautes etudes. When the Franco-Prussian War broke out, Gabriel Mcnod, with his cousins, Alfred and Sarah Monod, organized an ambulance with which he followed the whole campaign, from Sedan to Mans. He wrote a small book of memoirs of this campaign, Allemands et francais (1871), in which he spoke of the conquerors without, bitterness; this attitude was all the more praiseworthy as his mother was an Alsatian, and he was unable to resign himself to the loss of Alsace and Lorraine. The war being over he returned to teaching. At this period of his life he wrote Gregoire de Tours et Marius d'Avenche (1872); Fredegaire, whose history, taken from original MSS., he published in 1885; a translation of a book of W. Junghans, Histoire critique des regnes de Childerich et de Chlodovech, with introduction and notes (1879); tudes critiques sur les sources de Vhistoire carolingienne (1898, 1st part only published); and Bibliographie de I'hisloire de France (1888). He himself said that his pupils were his best books; he intended to teach them not so much new facts as the way to study, endeavouring to develop in them an idea of criticism and truth. They showed their gratitude by dedicating a book to him in 1896, Etudes d'histoire du moyen Age, and after his retirement in 1905 by having his features engraved on a slab (see A Gabriel Monod, en souvenir de son enseignement: ecole pratique des hautet etudes, 1868-1905, ecole normale superieure, 1880-1904. May 26, 1907). In 1875 he founded the Revue Historique, which rapidly became a great authority on scientific education. Some of his articles in this and other periodicals have been put together in book form, Les Maltres de I'histoire: Renan, Taine, Mkhelet (1894); Portraits et souvenirs (1897: on Hugo, Fustel de Coulanges, V. Duruy, etc.).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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