Eustorg de Beaulieu
Aliases: Hector and/or Eustorgius de Beaulieu
Born: c. 1495
Died: 8 January 1552
Eustorg de Beaulieu is one of the lesser poets of the early Renaissance whose name is associated with Protestant song-books, such as the Chansonnier Huguenot. He was born at Beaulieu-sur-Ménoire, about 32 km from Cahors. The exact date of his birth still remains unknown, but evidence suggests it must have been between the years 1495 and 1500. He is probably of noble birth, but seems to have been restless and moved quite a lot. In 1522 he was organist at the cathedral at Lectoure. In 1524 he moved to Tulle and taught music there. He is mentioned as a priest in 1529, but never received a clerical appointment. About 1534 he went to Lyon, entering the service of Pompone Trivulce, governor of that city. He fled to Geneva on May 1, 1537, converting to Protestantism. He thereafter took up the study of theology at Lausanne. Beaulieu becomes one of the chief composers of religious songs of the Reformation, contributing over 120 songs to the Chrestienne Resiouyssance.
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A biography (P.D.) of Beaulieu is available on Google Books: Eustorg de Beaulieu: a disciple of Marot, 1495(?)-1552 By Hélène Josephine Harvitt (1918)