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Dynasty and Diplomacy in the Court of Savoy


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List of figures; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Names and dates; Introduction; Part I. Dynastic Power: the House of Savoy and the Scaglia di Verrua: 1. Dynastic power: Savoy and Europe; 2. Power and patronage: the Scaglia di Verrua in the service of Savoy; Part II. The Treaty of Monzon, 1624-7: 3. Savoyard diplomacy: Alessandro Scaglia and the mission to Paris, 1624-6; 4. Pragmatic diplomacy: England, France and Spain; Part III. The War for Mantua and Monferrato, 1628-32: 5. The war, 1628-31; 6. After the war, 1631-2; Part IV. Alessandro Scaglia: Exile and Savoy During the 1630s: 7. Power and patronage: Alessandro Scaglia in exile; 8. The House of Savoy and the Scaglia di Verrua: dynastic instability and civil war, 1632-42; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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A major study in English of the duchy of Savoy in the Thirty Years War.

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Dr Toby Osborne was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and prepared his D.Phil. thesis under the supervision of Professor Sir John Elliott. He has taught at Durham since 1995. This is his first book.


'... offers a penetrating and persuasive vision of early modern Europe.' Scotland on Sunday
"Professor Osborne has done a splendid job..." Matthew G. C. Tornatore, Truman State University, Sixteenth Century Journal
"...impressive...Osborne has some insightful theories..." Renaissance Quarterly
"...a very useful contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the Savoyard state, its politics, and its diplomacy in the Thirty Years' War..." American Historical Review
"A pioneering book...a masterpiece of organization. Osborne says much and stimulates the reader to think about much more." Bibliotheque d'humanisme et Renaissance
"We can only applaud [this] striking new book. It makes us aware of both what we have missed in recent scholarship and what we can expect in the future from the pen of this talented historian." H-NET

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