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- Brown, Francis C. (Francis Cabell), 1936-
- Francis C. Brown Collection of French Royal Marriage Contracts
- Manuscripts Division
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- 33 Volumes and 2.7 linear feet
Consists of 32 bound volumes, each containing an original, French, royal marriage contract with supplementary biographical sketches and portraits of the witnesses who signed the contracts, collected by Francis C. Brown (Princeton Class of 1958). The first two volumes are alphabetical catalogues of the marriage contracts
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of 32 bound volumes, each containing an original, French, royal marriage contract with supplementary biographical sketches and portraits of the witnesses who signed the contracts, collected by Brown (Princeton Class of 1958). The contracts span the years 1607-1846, from the reign of Marie de Medicis to Louis Philippe, linking various members of the King' and Queen's courts and the noble houses in France (i.e., House of Bourbon), such as the marriage of Antoine Potier to Anne d'Aumont (1620) and Louis, Marquis de Vieuville, to Marie Fouquet de Belleisle (1722). Many of the contracts were signed by the reigning sovereigns and other nobility, such as Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Louis XVIII, Charles X, Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, Philippe, Duc d'Orleans, Anne of Austria, Marie de Medicis, Armand Jean du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, and Henri Jules de Bourbon.
Contracts are arranged chronologically, one to a volume.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Brown, Francis C. (Francis Cabell), 1936-
Francis C. (Cabell) Brown was born on Jan. 6, 1936, and graduated from Princeton University in 1958 with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School. He attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1961. He is currently an attorney in New York City.
Gift of Francis Brown, Jr. '58 in 1980.
No appraisal information is available.
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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.
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The collection is open for research.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
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Francis C. Brown Collection of French Royal Marriage Contracts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Marriages of royalty and nobility -- France.
Nobility -- France.
- Genre Terms:
- Antenuptial contracts -- France.
Legal documents -- France.
Marriage records -- France.
- Anne, Queen, consort of Louis XIII, King of France, 1601-1666
Bourbon, House of
Charles X, King of France, 1757-1836
Louis XIII, King of France, 1601-1643
Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715
Louis XV, King of France, 1710-1774
Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793
Louis XVIII, King of France, 1755-1824
Marie Antoinette, Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, 1755-1793
Marie de Medicis, Queen, consort of Henry IV, King of France, 1755-1642
Napoléon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
- France -- Kings and rulers.
France -- Social life and customs -- 17th century.
France -- Social life and customs -- 18th century.