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9 From Helmstedt via Mainz to Paris: Hermann Conring and Hugues de Lionne

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Hugues de Lionne is best remembered as a successor of Mazarin. Hermann Conring taught natural philosophy, medicine, and politics at the University of Helmstedt from 1632 until his death in 1681. Through the mediation of Johann, Christian von Boineburg in Mainz Conring entered into formal contacts with Lionne, and later with Colbert. Hermann Conring was born in 1606 in Norden, a small town in Northern Germany. The circumstances that allowed Conring to enter into contact with Lionne were intimately related to the foreign policy of Johann Philipp von Schönborn, archbishop prince elector of Mainz and chancellor of the Empire. The chapter concentrates on the memorandum that Conring offered on the question how France could establish exclusive control over the Mediterranean Sea. The substance of this memorandum consists of three distinct suggestions.

Keywords: archbishop; Hermann Conring; Hugues De Lionne; Johann Philipp von Schönborn



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