Press Telegrams regarding the Franco-Prussian War

Scope and Content

A series of press telegrams dealing mainly with the Franco-Prussian War, but also concerning the illness of the Prince of Wales. The telegrams are dated 20 August 1870 - 6 January 1871, and were delivered to Henry Bradshaw in King's College from the Cambridge post office, 128 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871, was sparked off by a dispute between France and Prussia over the succession to the throne of Spain. The Prussian army defeated the French at Sedan in September 1870, and captured Emperor Napoleon III. They proceeded to Paris, and secured its capture after a long siege in January 1871. Peace was formalised by the Treaty of Frankfurt in May 1871, which saw France pay indemnity and cede parts of Alsace and Loraine to their conquerors.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the collection of Henry Bradshaw, 1886.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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