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Author: La Place, Pierre de, 1520-1572.
Title: Politique discourses, treating of the differences and inequalities of vocations, as well publique, as priuate with the scopes or endes wherevnto they are directed. Translated out of French, by Ægremont Ratcliffe Esquire.
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Print source: Politique discourses, treating of the differences and inequalities of vocations, as well publique, as priuate with the scopes or endes wherevnto they are directed. Translated out of French, by Ægremont Ratcliffe Esquire.
La Place, Pierre de, 1520-1572., Radcliffe, Egremont, d. 1578,

Imprinted at London: [By T. Dawson?] for Edward Aggas, 1578.
Alternate titles: Discours politiques sur la voye d'enter deuëment aux estats. English Discours politiques sur la voye d'enter deuëment aux estats. Politique discourses, treating of the differences and inequalities of vocations, as well publique, as private.
Anonymous. By Pierre de la Place.
A translation of: Discours politiques sur la voye d'enter deuëment aux estats.
Printer's name conjectured by STC.
The last leaf is blank.
Identifed as STC 20745 on UMI microfilm.
Reproduction of the original in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
Subject terms:
Conduct of life -- Early works to 1900.

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TO THE RIGHT HONO∣rable, Sir Francis Walsingham Knight, principall Secretarie vnto the Queenes most excel∣lent Maiestie, Aegremont Ratcliffe Esquire, wish∣eth continuance of health, long life, with increase of honour.
¶ To the most mightie, and most Christian King of Fraunce, Charles the ninth of that name.
THE FIRST BOOKE of Politique discourses, vpon the meane how to enter orderly into of∣fices, and charges.
CHAPTER. I. That the vocation of men, hath beene a thing vn∣knowen vnto Philosophers, and other that haue treated of the Politique gouernment: of the com∣moditie that commeth by the knowledge thereof: and the Etymologie, and definition of this worde, Vocation.
CHAPTER. II. That there be two wayes or means to be called to vo∣cations: the one interior and secret, the other ex∣terior or apparant, done by mans meanes: and first of the interior, which consisteth in the testimonie of the conscience, and naturall inclination.
CHAPTER. III. Of the exterior vocation, made by mans meanes: and first of the Ecclesiasticall, in all his degrees.
CHAPTER. IIII. Of the apparent Politique vocation: and firste of Magistrates, beginning from Moses dayes, and so consequently to the the Graecians, and Romanes vntill this day.
CHAPTER. V. Of the apparant vocation to the Royall digni∣nitie, and incidently of the well founded Monarchie of France.
CHAPTER. VI. Of the exteriour vocation to the Imperiall dignitie, as well of the East, as of the West.
CHAPTER. VII. Of the exteriour vocation of them, whiche ought to gouerne during the nonage, & minoritie of a king.
CHAPTER. VIII. Of them that ought to be called to the gouerne∣ment of the Empire, when there is any law∣full impeachement, to rule and gouerne, hap∣pened.
CHAPTER. IX. Of the best forme, and manner of all apparant Vocations: and incidently of three kindes of ciuil estates, and of the best, and moste perfecte maner to gouerne a Common weale.
CHAPTER X. Of their dutie and charge, which haue power and au∣thoritie to call to vocations, Ecclesiasticall, or Publique: of what importaunce their charge is: how hurtfull the sale of offices is to the Common weale.
CHAPTER. XI. Of their dueties which seeke to enter into vocations: and how that no man ought to intrude him selfe.
CHAPTER. XII. That neither the good intent or zele, or yet the suffi∣ciencie of him that intrudeth him selfe, or yet the verie want or need of those that exercise vocations: may serue for excuse to them, that enter vncalled: And howe that it behoueth to attende patiently vntill we be called
CHAPTER. XIII. That the suing for an office, by honest meanes, is not to be reproued.
CHAPTER. XIIII. That we ought not to be offended, if we cānot atteine vnto the vocation sought, or sued for: and whence the great griefe of a refuse proceedeth.
CHAPTER. XV. Whether a man being disorderly and vnduely ente∣red into any vocation, may lawfully brooke and abide in the same: and whether the administrati∣on in the meane while, done by him that is vndu∣ly entered, ought to holde or be of force.
CHAPTER. XVI. That men may sometimes intrude themselues into offices.
CHAPTER. XVII. Of them whiche will not intrude themselues, but ra∣ther drawe backe, & take away all occasions that might cause them to be called, or being called re∣fuse the same.
CHAPTER. XVIII. Whether one man may duely be called to two voca∣tions: and first, of sundrie domesticall, and other priuate vocations at once.
CHAPTER XIX. Of domesticall vocations ioyned with the Publique. Politique, and Ecclesiasticall: and of the domesti∣call vocation of marriage, with the Ecclesiasticall.
CHAPTER. XX. Of priuate vocations, with the Publique Ecclesi∣asticalll.
CHAPTER. XXI. Of priuate vocations, with the Publique Politique.
CHAPTER. XXII. Of many Politique vocations together.
CHAPTER. XXIII. That the handling of many vocations together is a daungerous thing, and that wherevnto a Prince ought to haue an especiall good eye: as also of ma∣ny Ecclesiastical vocations together, and of the Ec∣clesiasticall and Politique vocation and admini∣stration.
¶The second Booke of Politique discourses, treating of the manner howe a man should behaue and gouerne himselfe, in the offices he is cal∣led vnto.
CHAPTER. I. Diuision of the vocation in generall, or common to all men: the particular vocation concerning euerie man seuerally: and first of the generall.
CHAPTER. II. Diuision of the particular vocation into a calling, whiche consisteth in the priuate office, or else in the Publique charge: and first of that which con∣sisteth in a priuate office, as the Oeconomicall vo∣cation, and Domestical wedlock.
CHAPTER. III. Of an other priuat vocation beside the Oeconomical, and of the diuision thereof, into diuers kindes.
CHAPTER. IIII. ¶Of the Politique vocation, whiche consisteth in Publique office: of the diuision thereof into spirituall, and secular: and firste of the spiritu∣all or ecclesiasticall and also of the same, whi∣che belongeth to Maisters and Rulers.
CHAPTER. V. Of the Publique vocation, and of the diuision there∣of: and first of the Royall vocation and dignitie.
CHAPTER VI. Of the vocation of Iustice.
CHAPTER. ƲII. Of their vocation, which deale with the Finances or princes treasure.
CHAPTER. VIII. ¶Of the warrelike vocation.
CHAPTER. IX. Of the comparison of vocations one with an other: and first of the Contemplatiue, with the Ac∣tiue.
CHAPTER. X. The cōparison of actiue vocations one with another: & first of the publique vocation, with the priuate.
CHAPTER. XI. ¶Of the comparison of Priuate vocations together.
CHAPTER. XII. Of the comparison of Publique vocations together: And first of the conference of the Ecclesiasticall, with the Politique: & of the Politique caling with out armes, to the same that is exercised with armes.
CHAPTER. XIII. That all vocations be so commodious and necessarie, for the entertainment of life and humane societie, that which so euer we looke on, or consider of, the same seemeth still the most necessarie.
CHAPTER. XIIII. That there is not one man who is not called to some vocation, and hath not sufficient matter in the same, to keepe him selfe occupied in the exercise of vertue.
THE THIRD BOOKE of Politique discourses: treating of the constancie, and perseuerance a man ought to haue, being duely and orderly en∣tred and called to offices.
CHAPTER. I. ¶ That inconstancie, especially in the feate of voca∣tion, is common and naturall vnto men: And that therein he surpasseth all creatures: of the cause of this inconstancie: and the opinion of diuerse per∣sons vppon the same.
CHAPTER II. Of the three chiefe aduersaries, and enimies to mans cōtancie in the exercise of his vocation: & first of ambition of glorie and honour mixed with emu∣lation: and of the opinion of them that thinke am∣bition, and gealousie necessarie among Citizens.
CHAPTER. III. Of ambition, and vaine glorie mixed with auarice, and of impatience in sundrie manners.
CHAPTER. IIII. ¶ Of remedies against inconstancie: and of the two pointes cheefly necessarie for him, that wil reteine constancie in the exercise of his vocation.
CHAPTER. V. That the wrong persuasion of them that enter into of∣fices, causeth their impatience in the same: and of the true persuasion and admonition that they ought to receiue, which in fleeing impatience, en∣ter into the same.
CHAPTER. VI. That vocations ought to be esteemed as an exercise and triall of vertues: and howe detestable a thing inconstancie is, and contrarily, how commendable constancie is in any vocation.
CHAPTER. ƲII. ¶Of them that say that there is a certeine reuolution, and praefixion of time, or place, in the whiche a wise man ought to leaue off the dealing in affairs.
CHAPTER. VIII. ¶ Of diuerse cases, in the whiche it is permitted, yea, necessarie for a man to leaue his vocation: and of the authoritie of Reuocation: equall with the same of vocation: and incidently of the honest rest of age, and of the wisedome, and discretion men ought to vse towarde the Prince, commaunding euill thinges: with many other purposes.
CHAPTER. IX. ¶ Finally, to what ende eache vocation ought to be referred.