Heritage - Quai d’Orsay – Publication of Dans les Archives secrètes du Quai d’Orsay (November 26, 2015)


To mark the publication of the book Dans les Archives secrètes du Quai d’Orsay (“In the Quai d’Orsay’s Secret Archives”) (Editions l’Iconoclaste) published under the supervision of Emmanuel de Waresquiel, on November 26 the Diplomatic Archives is presenting to the press some 30 original documents with comments from curators and diplomatic historians.

Selected from among the very rich archives and collections of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, these exceptional pieces are emblematic of France’s history and foreign policy and of France’s presence abroad.

The book offers a journey through five centuries of history, from the age of great discoveries (Christopher Columbus’s records) to the end of the Cold War (diplomatic telegram on the fall of the Berlin War). It presents a number of treaties and major documents from French history (Richelieu’s will, the Final Act of the 1815 Congress of Vienna, the 1940 armistice), letters by writers who became diplomats (Voltaire, Beaumarchais), and very rare writings such as Louis XIII’s letters to Richelieu, Henri IV’s private correspondence with Marie de Médicis, and letters from Napoleon Bonaparte to Talleyrand.