Jacques Margeret’s Last Mission

in Russian History
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The correspondence of King Gustav II Adolf, Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna, and Johan Skytte provides a glimpse into the final days of the French mercenary captain Jacques Margeret, author of one of the most valuable personal accounts of the Time of Troubles.

Jacques Margeret’s Last Mission

in Russian History

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Chester Dunning“Letter to James I concerning the English Plan for Military Intervention in Russia,” Slavic and East European Review 67 1 (1989): 94–108; Chester Dunning “James I the Russia Company and the Plan to Establish a Protectorate over North Russia” Albion 21 2 (1989): 210–233.

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Oleg Nozdrin“The Flodorf Project: Russia in the International Mercenary Market in the Early Seventeenth Century,” Warfare in Eastern Europe 1500–1800ed. Brian Davies (Leiden Boston: EJ Brill 2012) 109–118.

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"Gedani 10 Septembris 1614. Ianussius Radziwill ad Iacobum I regem Angliae proprium ablegatum capitaneum Margeret mittit. Serenissime Rex ac Domine Domine Clementissime. Si mihi ea facultas daretur ac voluntas adest Sac. R. M-tem V-ram adeundi velocius ave advolarem in Angliam ad exosculandum S.R.M.V. manus. Sed cum per gravissima Reipublicae nostrae negotia ac brevi futura regni Comitia id mihi nunc non liceat saltem per praesentium latorem fidelem meum Capitaneum Margaret officia mea paratissima Sac. R. M-ti v-rae humiliter deferenda officii mei esse duxi; obnixe rogans ut per eumdem S.R.M.V-ra me de valetudine atque successibus suis certiorem facere dignetur. Cum enim varia (quisque pro suo erga Sac. R.M. V-ram affectu) de statu regni angliae disseminent nova malui ex ipso fonte haurire aquam et ut aliquid certi scire possim per dictum Capitaneum Margaret ad S.R.M.V-rae expresse ablegare. Qui et de statu Regni nostri totuisque Moscoviae et de aliis rebus fidei ipsuis a me commissis S.R.M. V-rae ampliorem relationem oretenus faciet. Humillime S.R.M.V-ram rogo ut ipsum benigne audire atque in iis omnibus quae nomine meo referet fidem ei S.R.M.V-ra adhibere dignitur. Interim me totum paratissimaque semper officia mea in gratiam Sac.R.M.V-rae humiliter commendo. Gedani 10 sept. Anno 1614. Sac.R.M-tis Vrae addictisimus servitor. J.H. Radzivill manu propria. In dorso: Serenissimo Principi ac Domino D-no Jacobo Dei Gratia Magnae Britanniae Regi Fidei defensori Domino meo Clementissimo. Sigill. Alia manu: To his Majesty the Prince of Ratzovill 10 Sept. 1614". Cit: Elementa ad fontium editiones. Vol. VI. Res Polonicae Iacobo I Angliae regnante conscriptae ex archivis publicis Londoniarum / Ed. C.H.Talbot. Romae 1962. S. 144–145.

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