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Collection Level Description: Transcripts of French Diplomatic Correspondence

Reference: MSS. French c. 8-13
Title: Transcripts of French Diplomatic Correspondence
Dates of Creation: 17th cent.
Extent: 6 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Unknown

Language of Material: French

Administrative/Biographical History

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

Scope and Content

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

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The transcripts were bought at Sotheby's in 1919.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 467167-72.

Access Points

Diplomatic and consular service, French | Italy

Bichi | Alessandro | 1596-1657 | Cardinal

de Bethune | Philippe | fl 1605-1634 | Comte de Selles | French ambassador in Rome

de Crequy | Charles I de Blanchefort | ? 1578-1638 | Duc de Lesdiguieres | French ambassador

De Lomenie De Brienne | Henri Auguste | 1594-1666 | Comte De Brienne | French Secretary of State

Fontenay-Mareil | Francois | ? 1594-1665 | Marquis de Fontenay

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