In 1645, Cardinal Mazarin drew up instructions for the new French ambassador in London. Try to guess what tasks he set for his ambassador, what means he advised to use, and why exactly?
The main goal of the French ambassador is to interfere with the establishment of a republic in England by political intrigue and financial assistance. The motives are as follows:
a) so that our rabble does not become infected with the English example;
b) the experience of the Republic of the Netherlands has shown that republicans are more successful than monarchists in mobilizing people’s resources for state purposes. Therefore, the English Republic will become a stronger competitor to France than the Kingdom of England was.
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