Comines, Or Comynes, Philippe De, a French statesman and historian, born at the chateau of Comines, near Lille, in 1445, died at his domain of Argenton in 1509. He stood high in the favor of Charles the Bold of Burgundy, and on occasion of Louis XL's imprisonment by Charles at Peronne succeeded in bringing about a treaty of peace between them. In 1472 he forsook the cause of the duke of Burgundy and became councillor and chamberlain of Louis XL, who compensated him so amply for the loss of his property, which had been confiscated by Charles, that he soon became one of the most wealthy and influential noblemen in France. The death of Louis, however, proved fatal to his fortunes. He was no favorite with Anne de Beaujeu, the regent, and was imprisoned on a charge of conspiracy against her. On the accession of Charles VIII. he was again employed in the public service, but went into retirement after the advent of Louis XII., who seemed reluctant to favor him, although he left him in possession of a pension. The fame of Comines rests not only upon his astuteness as a statesman, but still more upon his Memoires, which give a complete view of the political affairs of his time, and present a vivid picture of the character of Louis XI. They have been frequently printed.
Lenglet Dufresnoy's edition (4 vols. 4to, London, 1747) is especially valuable on account of its annotations; but the best and most recent is that published by Mlle. Dupont for the society of French history (3 vols. 8vo, Paris, 1850). Oomines figures in Scott's romance of "Quentin Durward".