Transcripts of French Diplomatic Correspondence

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Transcripts, late 17th century, of French diplomatic correspondence relating to Italy, 1605-49, consisting of:  

  • 'Lettres et mmoires concernant l'Italie', 1605-34, mainly the correspondence of Philippe de Bthune and Charles Crquy, 1627-34
  • 'Dpches importantes sur la Paix d'Italie', 1643-4, royal letters mainly to Franois Fontenay-Mareil, Marquis de Fontenay, and Cardinal Alessandro Bichi
  • 'Lettres de Monsr. Gueffier charg des affaires du Roy Rome crites Sa Majest', mainly addressed to H.A. Lomnie de Brienne, 1645-9

Administrative / Biographical History

Philippe de Bthune, Comte de Selles, was French ambassador in Rome. Charles I de Blanchefort de Crquy, Duc de Lesdiguires (? 1578-1638) was successively commander of the French armies of Piedmont, Savoy and Italy, and French ambassador to Urban VIII and to Venice. Franois Du Val Fontenay-Mareil, Marquis de Fontenay (? 1594-1665). Cardinal Alessandro Bichi (1596-1657). Henri Auguste Lomnie de Brienne (1594-1666) was French Secretary of State.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The transcripts were bought at Sotheby's in 1919.

Note

Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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