Henry La Vie, Spion, Konsul und Verehrer Peters des Grossen

Francine-Dominique Liechtenhan

Abstract


Henry La Vie, marine commissioner and consul of France in Saint Petersburg in the 1710s–1720s, left an exceptional correspondence in Russia at the time of Peter the Great. He was involved in the establishment of diplomatic and economic relations between France and Russia, but, for no apparent reason, Versailles did not trust him. Many of his clever suggestions were not accepted by the Regent. Responsible for a small French community in Saint Petersburg, he studied the relationship between Catholicism and Orthodoxy, and condemned the harmful role of Jesuits.
After the suspicious death of Alexei Petrovich, La Vie made a lot of speculations about the future of Russia and the change of international relations, particularly in the North. Versailles was not able to duly appreciate the letters of La Vie at their real value; his debts were an easy pretext to remove him from his important position. He disappeared in Russia and died probably in the late 1730s. His best letters from Russia should be selected and prepared for a publication.


Keywords


Henry La Vie, the time of Peter the Great, relations between France and Russia, Catholicism and Orthodoxy.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15826/qr.2015.1.079

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