Our postgraduate researcher Stephen Griffin (Department of History) received funding for his research trip to La Corneuve in Paris:
Since 5 June I have been undertaking archival research at the Centre des archives diplomatiques, situated at La Corneuve in Paris. My primary aim is to examine the reports of French ambassadors who resided in Vienna between the years 1727-43. This period would mark the return of France as Europe’s leading power and a decline in Habsburg Austrian power. It witnessed the collapse of the Anglo-French Alliance (1716-31), the War of the Polish Succession (1733-5) and the outbreak of the War of the Austrian Succession in 1740.
This research is primarily focused on the social world of diplomatic representatives in Vienna, their interactions with one another and the Austrian nobility, their mutual friends and acquaintances and their networks of influence. More specifically, and in relation to my work at La Corneuve, I am interested in how French ambassadors interacted with the agent of the Stuart court in exile in Vienna, Owen O’Rouerke. At least one of these aforementioned ambassadors, Gaston-Pierre de Lévis, Marquis de Mirepoix, was married to the niece of O’Rouerke’s wife in 1739. Letters and reports from the Haus-, Hof-, und Staatsarchiv in Vienna and the Vatican Secret Archives attest to an informal relationship between the two men. Documents from the Centre des archives diplomatiques should complement and further our understanding of this relationship.
This research is being funded by the Rev. Liam Swords Foundation. Stephen is supervised by Dr Richard Kirwan, Department of History, University of Limerick.