A Knight of Malta at the Court of Elizabeth I: The Correspondence of Michel De Seure, French Ambassador, 1560-62 (Camden Fifth Series 45)
By: David Potter (editor)Hardback
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This edition fills a notable gap in our knowledge of Anglo-French relations in the early Elizabethan period. During the 1560s, the reports of French ambassadors are only preserved in fragments and it was until recently believed that nothing survived of the reports of Michel de Seure, ambassador from February 1560 to February 1562. Collected here, these shed light on the difficulties of negotiating with Elizabeth I, her preoccupations in 1560-1 and French opinions on her policy. Appendices include documents detailing de Seure's dealings with the Scottish regent, Mary of Guise, and his formulation of propaganda in response to Elizabeth's declarations concerning Scotland and France. This title sets de Seure's time in England in the context of his career as a whole, which included time serving as a naval commander in Scotland and the Mediterranean, negotiating with the Turks and the Order of Malta, and a period as ambassador in Portugal.
David Potter obtained his doctorate from the University of Cambridge, held a research fellowship at Emmanuel College, and has taught at the University of Kent, where he is Reader in French History. He specialises in early modern French history, especially Anglo-French relations.
Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; Note on transcription; The correspondence of Michel de Seure, 1560-61; Appendix 1. Supplementary French correspondence on the affairs of Scotland and England, 1560-61; Appendix 2. Protests ('remonstrances') drawn up by Michel de Seure, 1560; Appendix 3. Note on the subsequent career of Michel de Seure; Index.
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