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H. A. L. FISHER
1908 English Historical Review  
give Ferdinand an infinitely firmer hold on the western half of his territories, and to his appointment aa the emperor'i vicegerent in the empire, irrespective of the fate of the ooanoil of regency. In these years Ferdinand begins to show the characteristics which distinguished him in far riper year*, in the period, for instance, which followed the Schmalkaldic war. On the one hand we note the loyalty towards bis brother, on the other the imperial and territorial ambitions which would vault
more » ... ich would vault lightly over the obstacles and entanglements with which his daily coarse was thickly studded. He would be king of the Romans and imperial vicar in Italy ; he would add the oounty of Burgundy with its Alsatian appendages, and even the duchy of Milan, to bis already wide hereditary possessions, Ferdinand's character is an instructive lesson on the conflict between ambition and good sense. The author has treated his extremely complex subject with singular perspicuity, and he has handled his masses of material from archives with much skill. A slightly fuller introduction to the recurring theme of the liability of Charles and Ferdinand for Maximilian's debt* might be advantageous. A most useful appendix contains the text of the treaties of Worms and Brussels, and of the publication of the hitter in 1625. E. ABMSTBOKO. Ambastadt* en AngUierrt d* Jean du Bellay. Par V. L. BOUHBUXT et P. DB VAisfliftBB. Tome I**". ('Archives de l'Histoire Religieuse de h. France.') (Paris: Picard. 1906.) THE importance of Jean du Bellay's diplomatic-reports has long been recognised on both sides of the Channel, and to the student of Brewer and Gsirdner's great collection of LeUtrt and Papen of tha R*ign of Htnrg VIII they are familiar in an English and shortened garb. A complete edition of tho dedpateht* in their original form was clearly a task whioh French scholarship was called upon to perform, and this task-or rather a first instalment of it-has been most efficiently carried out by the two editors whose volume is under review. The work cannot have been easy, for the correspondence of the bishop of Bayonne Is scattered about in'more than fifty manuscripts, some of which are in London, others in Paris and at Chan tally, and the handwriting of the sixteenth century leaves much to be desired. It is, indeed, somewhat disappointing that ' the most complete obscurity ' envelopes the early life of one of the greatest diplomatists of the sixteenth century. We know practically nothing of Jean da Bellay until 1627, whan, a man about thirty-0ve years of age, he was sent to London in the train of the grandmaster Montmorenoy, on a special mission to Henry VLH. It Is from this point, with the instructions given to the French ambassador on £6 September 1627, that the preseDt collection of dooumenta begins. The student of English history who knows his l*tt*rt and Pap*rt will not gather much that is new to him from this volume, though forty-one pieces out of 193 (including three letters from Wolsey) are not to be found in Brewer and Gairdner. It should also be remembered that the letters of Du Bellay'i first embassy-and the present volume only deals with the first embassy, September 1627-February 1629-are less interesting than the correspondence of the second mission, so that it
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