Originally written by a French diplomatist and pirated by Edward Walsingham.

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First Reading

Michael Robinson  •  Link

Copy in the Pepysian Library

Refuge, Monsieur de (Eustache), d. 1617.
Traicté de la cour. Part 2.

Arcana aulica: or, Walsingham's manual; of prudential maxims, for the states-man and the courtier.
London : printed by T.C. and are to be sold by Iohn Wright at the Kings head in the Old-baily, 1655. [i.e.1654]
[22], 153, [1] p., 12⁰.

ESTC notes, Translated into English by Edward Walsingham from a French manuscript copy of the second part of Traité de la cour, ou, Instruction des courtisans. The authorship of this work has generally been attributed to Sir Francis Walsingham, but the original was a French work by Eustache Du Refuge and was first published anonymously in Paris in 1617. Cf. DNB; Brunet. Wing (2nd ed., 1994), D2685

First appearance in English 1652; later editions in 1694 and 1729

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Arcana aulica, or, Walsingham's manual of prudential maxims for the states-man and the courtier [aka Traicté de la cour. Part 2. English ]
Refuge, Eustache de, d. 1617., Walsingham, Francis, Sir, 1530?-1590., Walsingham, Edward, d. 1663.
London: Printed for James Yong, and are to be sold by John Williams..., 1652.

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