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Giovanni Andrea Doria: Citizen Of Genoa, Prince Of Melfi, Agent Of King Philip II Of Spain

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In this chapter, Gisbert Cuper correspondence with a selection of Stockholm, Cologne, Vienna, Regensburg, Madrid, London, Brunswick, Lüneburg, Constantinople and Smyrna is exemplified. To start with, the chapter introduces Cuper and sketches his career, in order to understand how he could, and why it was important to him to, simultaneously be an agent both in matters of politics and antiquarianism. Cuper was not the only politician with an interest in ancient history and antiquities. Cuper was an interesting patron for diplomats, because his position in the States General enabled him to protect his clients against slander by speaking well of them, and to help them in case of emergency by pleading their case in the States General. Although he stipulated himself that he was simply very interested in what happened in the world, his role as information broker may well have furthered foreign affairs of the Dutch Republic.

Keywords:antiquarianism; Gisbert Cuper; politics; States General



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