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It is difficult to say how many inhabitants there were for no certain population figures exist in the sixteenth century. 27 On this basis we can estimate the population in the sixteenth century at around 7000 or about equal to the figures in 1789.

Page 21 96 the first part of the sixteenth century.  Still it seems not improbable that their influence was behind or reinforced the agitation.  96–97, 104–05, 118–24, 162–66.  54.  124.  43–47.  55.  35–38.  By the end of June in fact the coffers of the Bureau des Pauvres were empty and this led directly to the attack on the house of the treasurer Puchot in July, 1545.  100.  101. 104 Among those noted as delinquent was the dean of Marcillac and the archdeacon of Vexin, the latter the nephew of the archbishop.

Protection by King Francis and the King's sister Marguerite d'Angouleme ensured the experiment's survival in the short run.  Warrants were issued for the arrest of Lefevre, Roussel, and Caroli who were forced to take flight.  This upheaval temporarily democratised the government of the town even while the reform of the Hôtel­Dieu and the organization of poor relief attracted broad support and staved off more serious unrest.  Indeed, it was the reform's development as part of the broader and deeper social conflict that insured its survival.

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