Ambassadors and arms dealers in 16th-century Italy

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Date / time: 16 August, 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

The National Archives

Ambassadors and arms dealers in 16th-century Italy

In this talk, Dr Catherine Fletcher (Swansea University) will explore the exponential rise in the production, sale and ownership of handguns in the first half of the 16th century. From a plot to smuggle gunpowder into Siena in wine barrels, to gun-toting Lutheran women in the Italian hills, this talk explores the challenge handguns posed for international relations.

Every Wednesday in August 2017, we are hosting the The National Archives summer lecture series, sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives and supported by the Royal Historical Society.

The theme for this series is Secrets and lies: Suppression, distortion and fiction in past societies. Each lecture will start at 17:30. There will be light refreshments and a document display before the lecture, 16:45-17:30.


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