ANQUETIL, LOUIS PIERRE (1723-1808), French his torian, was born in Paris Feb. 21 1723, and died Sept. 6 1808. He became director of the seminary at Reims, where he wrote his Histoire civile et politique de Reims (3 vol., 1756-57), perhaps his best work. He was then director of the college of Senlis, where he composed his Esprit de la Ligue ou /iistoire politique des troubles de la Fronde pendant le X VIe et le X siecles (1767). During the Reign of Terror he was imprisoned at St. Lazare; there he began his Précis de l'histoire universelle, afterwards published in nine volumes. The Histoire de France (14 vol., 5805), written in collaboration with de Mezeray and P. F. Velly, has little value, but is, nevertheless, better known than his more serious work. It is said to have been undertaken at the instance of Napoleon.