Masterclass: The Letters of Élie Bouhéreau in French context

This masterclass was organised by Professor Ruth Whelan of NUIM in collaboration with Marsh’s.

Bouhéreau was a Huguenot refugee who came to Ireland in 1697 from La Rochelle. In 1701, he became the first librarian of Marsh’s Library, Dublin, to which he donated his extensive private library and some of his personal papers. The Library holds a unique set of letters, some 1,200 manuscripts, written in French and occasionally in Latin, which were sent to Élie Bouhéreau between 1662 and 1690 by his friends, family, colleagues and associates in the French Reformed Church and the medical profession. The correspondence provides unique insights into family life, student life at the Protestant Academy of Saumur, the troubled existence of French Protestants and their churches under Louis XIV, and the practice of medicine in early-modern France.

This masterclass, held by Marsh’s Library and National University of Ireland, Maynooth, situated the correspondence in its French context, provided participants with some of the tools for reading it, and offered a unique and exciting opportunity to view hand-written letters from the 1660s to the 1690s.

We are grateful to the Heritage Council and the French Embassy in Dublin for their support of this event.


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