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Ambassadorial Housekeeping in Paris During 1762-1763

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John, 4th Duke of Bedford, was British ambassador in Paris between September 1762 and June 1763, and successfully negotiated the Peace of Paris which was signed on 10 February 1763. Thanks to the survival of the household accounts for the embassy we have a very full picture of the cost of equipping, and running an ambassadorial residence at that time – it was in the Duke’s own words ‘ruinous’. This informal paper will discuss the significance of these records, and a few aspects of household expenditure, such as servants, food and wine, and the equipment for its preparation and consumption.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term series.

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