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Mission Made Impossible: The Second French Embassy to Siam, 1687 (Treasures from the Past) [Paperback]

By Michael Smithies (Editor)
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Two years after the 1685 French embassy to Siam led by Chaumont and Choisy, King Louis XIV sent a second embassy to Phra Narai led by the two envoys La Loubre and Cberet, and a third unofficial emissary, Father Tachard, who was working behind the scenes and often against his colleagues. Accompanying them were expeditionary troops to be installed in Bangkok and Mergui once a Franco-Siamese treaty could be negotiated.

This volume conveniently presents, in English translation, three important accounts of that second French embassy to Siam in 1687: Tachards Second Voyage, published in 1689; Cberets Journal du voyage de Siam, published in 1992; and Tachards "Relation," an unpublished account of the tempestuous journey back to France.

Beginning with a listing of the dramatis personae and a general introduction to set the stage, Michael Smithies introduces each of the three accounts in turn, providing background information about the authors and their times before presenting the relevant sections of their texts. Written from different perspectives, these key documents, taken together, form a fuller picture of the events and issues of this embassy. The volume ends with an appendix on La Loubre, including the text of his many brief references to the embassy in his comprehensive work, The Kingdom of Siam.

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Format: Illustrated
Studio: University of Washington Press
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   University of Washington Press
ISBN  9747551616  
ISBN13  9789747551617  

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