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Francis C. Brown Collection of French Royal Marriage Contracts

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Brown, Francis C., 1936-2014 Brown, Francis C. (Francis Cabell), 1936-

Francis C. (Cabell) Brown was born on Jan. 6, 1936, and graduated from Princeton University in 1958 with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School. He attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1961. He is currently an attorney in New York City.

The collection consists of 32 bound volumes, each containing an original, French, royal marriage contract with supplementary biographical sketches and portraits of the witnesses who signed the contracts, collected by Brown (Princeton Class of 1958). The contracts span the years 1607-1846, from the reign of Marie de Medicis to Louis Philippe, linking various members of the King' and Queen's courts and the noble houses in France (i.e., House of Bourbon), such as the marriage of Antoine Potier to Anne d'Aumont (1620) and Louis, Marquis de Vieuville, to Marie Fouquet de Belleisle (1722). Many of the contracts were signed by the reigning sovereigns and other nobility, such as Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Louis XVIII, Charles X, Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, Philippe, Duc d'Orleans, Anne of Austria, Marie de Medicis, Armand Jean du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, and Henri Jules de Bourbon.

Contracts are arranged chronologically, one to a volume.

Gift of Francis Brown, Jr. '58 in 1980.

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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2009
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Collection Inventory

Catalog: Index of Marriage Contracts with List of Signers, 1607-1734. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Catalog: Alphabetical List of Marriage Contracts, 1607-1846. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Emanuel D'Apchorn Seigneur and Baron of Saint Germain des Flosses and Faustine de Ricasse Fille D'honneur of Queen Marie de Medicis, 1607 February 10. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Jacques Stuart de Caussade, Comte de la Vauguyon, Marquis de Saint-Mégrin, Baron de Montbrun and Marie de Roquelaure, Daughter of Antoine Duc de Roquelaure, Marshal of France, and Catherine d' Ornesan, 1607 September 23. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Antoine Potier Seigneur de Sceaux and Anne D'Aumont, 1620 May. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Gedeon de Vic, Seigneur d'Ermenonville and Catherine de Boulainvilliers, 1621 April 29. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Henri de Brigueville and Clair Luillier, 1626 February. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Emanuel de Faucions-D'Averton and Louise Heuriette Potier, 27 July 1633. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Antoine de L'Aage, Seigneur de Pay Laureus and Margueritte du Cambout, 26 November 1634. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Louis Parisol and Marie Rafton, 20 April 1639. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Louis de la Tremoille Marquis de Noirmoutier and Renee Julie Aubery, 10 November 1640. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Gaston Jean Baptiste, Duc de Roquelaure and Charlotte Marie de Lude, 17 September 1653. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Jehau Bouet and Marie Ligauge, 20 July 1654. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Charles Tubeuf and Marguerite Potier, 21 April 1659. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Prince Frederic Maurice de la Tour d'Auverque and Heuriette Francoise de Zollern, March 1662. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Louis Thonier and Anne Boissier, 5 November 1667. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Claude de Baillon and Francoise de Berey, 16 November 1669. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Leonard Elie de Pompadour, Marquis de Lauriere and Gabrielle de Moutaull de Beuac, 27 May 1686. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Louis Francois Marie le Tellier, Marquis de Barbezieux and Marie Therese Delphine Eustachie d'Aleque, 9 January 1696. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Pierre Nicolas Robert and Louise Marie Nivelle, 12 April 1708. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Alexandre Omer Regnault and Marie Anne Madeleine Henry, 13 August 1712. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Francois Germain le Camus, Marquis de Bligny and Bonne de Barillon, 22 February 1716. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Joseph Benjamin Hertirchta Vauder Ludeu and Marie Claude Elisabeth Joubert, 17 March 1748. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Guillaume Marie de Gilibert de Merlbiac and Genevieve Alexanderie Framboisier de Blaunay de St. Honorie, 19 April 1777. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Anne Christian de Montmorency-Luxembourg and Aumande Louise Marie de Becdelievre de Cany, 18 January 1789. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Horace Francois Bastien Sebastian-Porta, General of Division, Commander of Legion of Honor, Ambassador of France to Turkey, Marshal of France and Jeanne Francoise Antoinette, 30 May 1806. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Etienne Eugene de Salomon and Benoite Marguerite Pothier, 8 May 1809. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Louis Philippe Joseph de Vinceus, Comte de Cousans and Charlotte Rosalie Deroux, Contesse de Beuil, 29 October 1814. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Philippe Sentend and Marie Adrienne Pauline Puiqie, 4 March 1846. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Louis de Bordeau and Louise Lore, 15 February 1667. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Louis, Marquis de Vieuxville and Demoiselle Marie Magdeleine Fouquet de Belleisle, 10 April 1722. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Francois Motier de La Fayette, Comte de La Fayette and Sybille du Malby, 7 May 1641. 1 volume.
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1 volume

Marriage Contract Between Louis Charles, Marquis de Gouffier and Catherine Angelique d'Albert, 17 January 1734. 1 volume.
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1 volume

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