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The Persian MirrorReflections of the Safavid Empire in Early Modern France$
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Susan Mokhberi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190884796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190884796.001.0001

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Against All Odds

Against All Odds

The Diplomatic Mission of Pierre-Victor Michel to Persia, 1706–1708

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The Persian Mirror

Susan Mokhberi

Oxford University Press

Attempts at diplomatic outreach encouraged France’s connection to Persia in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The descriptions of the French embassy to Persia between 1706 and 1708 reveal the challenges that the ambassador, Pierre-Victor Michel, faced navigating Persian political factions and dealing with a French rival, a woman named Marie Petit. Michel’s memoirs outline his efforts to find common tools of negotiation between France and Persia. For Michel, the Safavid government paralleled French monarchy, and he was able to find shared notions upon which he and his Persian hosts managed to draft a treaty concerning commercial and religious affairs.

Keywords:   Pierre-Victor Michel, Marie Petit, French-Persian diplomacy, Safavid Empire, Louis XIV

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