An awesome passport of King Charles of France 1562

An awesome passport of King Charles of France 1562

A early passport of Charles IX, King of France, 1562 was just at auction last week. The final result was £2125 and was just a few bucks higher than my max. bid. What a pity! Such early passports are very hard to find. This one was issued to a prominent diplomat and was well worth the price. A fantastic piece of history. Congratulation to the buyer!

Passport signed (“Charles”), issued to Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, the English ambassador, allowing him to leave Paris and visit the Queen Mother [Catherine de Medicis] so that he can give her certain information from ‘our sister’ [Queen Elizabeth] (“…affin de lui faire entendre information choses de la part de notre seur…”); integral blank endorsed on the verso “Kings Passport for Sr N. Throcke: Ambassador to goe and speake with the Queene Mother of Fransse from Parys”, 1 page, some light staining at centre folds and dust-staining but nevertheless in sound and attractive condition, folio, Paris, 5 January 1562

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Sir Nicholas Throckmorton (or Throgmorton) (c. 1515/1516 – 12 February 1571) was an English diplomat and politician, who was an ambassador to France and played a key role in the relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.

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An awesome passport of King Charles of France 1562

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