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Ruggero Sciuto

Postdoctoral Researcher
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I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at Hertford College and the Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford. My research activity in the field of early modern diplomacy focuses on two main topics: diplomatic relations between France and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in the eighteenth century and the diplomatic works of Voltaire. 

Since 2015, I have been working to analyse and publicise the rich yet little-known archives of Luigi Lorenzi, French resident minister to Florence from 1735 to 1765. A first article on Lorenzi's correspondence was published in the Archivio Storico Italiano in 2016 (‘The Correspondence of André Morellet: Seven Unpublished Letters to Luigi Lorenzi (1758-1765)’), and two more papers on related topics will be published in Chroniques Italiennes (‘Reti diplomatiche al servizio del progresso scientifico: Luigi Lorenzi e l’inoculazione antivaiolosa nella Toscana granducale’) and the International History Review (‘The correspondence(s) of Count and Countess Lorenzi and the limits of an ambassadress’ autonomy’).

In 2015, I discovered an unpublished manuscript of Voltaire’s Représentation aux états de l’Empire, a lengthy diplomatic dispatch penned in 1744 on behalf of the French government and addressed to the German aristocracy. My edition of this text will appear in 2019 in the Oxford edition of the Complete Works of Voltaire. In 2017 I also published in the Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la France an article on the correspondence between Voltaire and the Austrian diplomat Johann Baptist Anton von Pergen, which helps to shed light on the relationship between Voltaire and Frederick II of Prussia in the 1750s.