Renaissance Diplomacy

by Garrett Mattingly

Other authorsb/w Illus (Illustrator)
Ebook, 1955


Houghton Mifflin (1955), Edition: Reprint


This 1955 work is the classic history of the development of modern diplomacy in Renaissance Europe. Sometime after the year 1400, the diplomatic traditions of civilized cultures-which have existed as far back as the records of human history extend-took a sharp turn that was the result of new power relations in the newly modern world. Mattingly believed these could be illustrative of how nations and traditions change...and that we might apply those lessons to our own rapidly changing global culture. Discover: - the legal framework of Medieval diplomacy - diplomatic practices in the 15th century - the Italian beginnings of modern diplomacy - precedents for resident embassies - the dynastic power relations of European nations in the 16th century - French diplomacy and the breaking-up of Christendom - the Habsburg system - early modern diplomacy - and more. American scholar of European history GARRETT MATTINGLY (1900-1962) is also the author of Catherine of Aragon (1941) and the bestselling The Armada (1959), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member DinadansFriend
In considerable detail Garrett Mattingly follows the evolution of the office of Ambassador from its medieval responsibility and functions to the professional ambassadorial apparatuses diplomacy employed in the seventeenth century in Europe. The prose, and the intention are clear, and the book is
Show More
quite informative. I understand the book was originally published in 1955, and I read a Dover reprint still in print today.
Show Less

Original publication date


Physical description

8.8 inches
Page: 0.3312 seconds