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Transcripts of French Diplomatic Correspondence


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

  1. 'Lettres et mémoires concernant l'Italie', 1605-34, mainly the correspondence of Philippe de Béthune and Charles Créquy, 1627-34
  2. 'Dépêches importantes sur la Paix d'Italie', 1643-4, royal letters mainly to François Fontenay-Mareil, Marquis de Fontenay, and Cardinal Alessandro Bichi
  3. 'Lettres de Monsr. Gueffier chargé des affaires du Roy à Rome écrites à Sa Majesté', mainly addressed to H.A. Loménie de Brienne, 1645-9


  • Creation: 17th cent.


0.66 Linear metres (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • French

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. French c. 8, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. French c. 8-13

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12961


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

Biographical / Historical

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The transcripts were bought at Sotheby's in 1919.

Transcripts of French Diplomatic Correspondence
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2019
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