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'Ambassade de M. de la Boderie en Angleterre', Jul 1609-Jan 1609/10

MS. Firth c. 10
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'Ambassade de M. de la Boderie en Angleterre': the diplomatic correspondence of Antoine Lefebvre, sieur de la Boderie, French ambassador at the court of Great Britain, April 1606-January 1610/1: apparently, like Brit. Mus. Add. MSS. 30642-4, copied from the contemporary transcripts in the Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris), MSS. nouv. acquis. 7013-5 (formerly Fonds Brienne 42-4).

Almost the whole of the correspondence was published, from the Fonds Brienne or from this or another transcript, in 1750, under the title of Ambassades de Monsieur de la Boderie en Angleterre sous le règne d'Henri IV et la minorité de Louis XIII (5 vols. 8vo). Each volume is preceded by a key to the cyphers employed.

De la Boderie's dispatches, principally addressed to Nicholas de Neufville, seigneur de Villeroy; his other correspondents being king Henri IV, queen Marie of France, Pierre Brulart marquis de Puisieux, and president Pierre Jeannin: a duplicate of nos. 10531-2, and written by the same scribe. The originals of most of the dispatches are in the Bibliothèque Nationale, MSS. Fonds Français 15984-5.

A list of the whole is given by m. Armand Baschet in the 39th Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records, appendix, pp. 650-4, and their contents are calendared in vols. 6-7 of E. Edwards' MS. calendar of the Carte Papers kept in the library. The transcripts and printed edition agree in omitting the dispatches of m. de la Boderie's secretary covering the period of the ambassador's absence from England.


  • Creation: Jul 1609-Jan 1609/10


485 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Firth c. 10

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, no. 35591

Physical Facet

On paper. Binding, brown leather with gilt ornament, stamped with the armorial bookstamp of Gabriel Bernard de Rieux (d. 1745)-- an anchor, in chief on a dexter canton a star in glory, French work of the early 18th cent.

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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