Historian and liturgist, born Saint-Jean-de-Losne, France, 1654; died Saint- Germain-des-Pres, 1739.
After entering, in 1672, the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Remy at Rheims, he studied at Saint-Germain under d'Achery and Mabillon and thenceforth devoted his whole life to history and liturgy, especially at Rouen.
Among his works are a commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict, the fruit of indefatigable research, published in 1690, liturgical writings such as "" (Rouen, 1700-1702), "" (1697), and the "" (Paris, 1739).
With the Benedictine Ursin Durand, Martene ransacked the archives of France and Belgium in 1708 and published the "" (Paris, 1717).
Later their journey through Germany and the Netherlands produced another scholarly work, "" (Paris, 1724-1733).
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