DU MOULIN, dü mū"lan’, CHARLES: French jurist; b. in Paris 1500; d. there Dec. 27, 1566. He became an advocate in 1522, but gave up pleading because of a defect of speech. He joined the Reformed congregation in 1542. Later he became famous as a consulting lawyer. In 1551 he published his Commentaire sur l’Édit des petites dates to show that Henry II. was right in forbidding the exportation of gold and silver from his kingdom to Rome. The argument was effective, and the pope dropped the question so far as Henry was concerned, but he had the author tried for heresy. This resulted in the flight of Du Moulin; and from this time till his death he was pursued by the Roman Church, being forced to move from one place to another. Finally he returned to Paris, where he was prevailed upon to publish his Conseil sur le fait du Concile de Trente (Lyons, 1564). The book was condemned and Du Moulin was imprisoned; but he was afterward released through the efforts of Jeanne d'Albret.


Bibliography: J. Brodeau, La Vie do Maistre C. Du Moulin, Paris, 1654; Lichtenberger, ESR, iv. 137-138.