Georges de Selve

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Georges de Selve
Georges de Selve.jpg
Bishop of Lavaur
In office
Ambassador to Republic of Venice, Austria, the Pope, England, Germany and Spain
In office
April 1540 – 12 April 1541
MonarchKing Francis I of France
Personal details
DiedApril 12, 1541(1541-04-12) (aged 32–33)
FatherJean de Selve
RelativesOdet de Selve
OccupationScholar, diplomat and ecclesiastic

Georges de Selve (1508 – 12 April 1541) was a French scholar, diplomat and ecclesiastic.


He was the son of Jean de Selve, a jurist and Parlement president, and brother of Odet de Selve. Three other brothers served as diplomats.[1]

Georges de Selve was Bishop of Lavaur from 1526 (at age 18) to 1540. He was sent by King Francis I of France as ambassador to the Republic of Venice, Austria (in April 1540), to the Pope in Rome, to England, Germany and Spain.

He is the figure of the right in a picture by Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors, and Jean de Dinteville is the other one, which hangs in the National Gallery, London.[2] De Selve was just 25 when Holbein painted him and he is wearing the vestments of a clergyman, who represent the interests of the Catholic Church, since he had just been appointed Bishop of Lavaur in France.[3]

He wrote on theology, studied with and was a patron of Eli Levita from 1534,[4] and was commissioned by the king to make translations.

He died on 12 February 1541 at the age of 33 and is interred at Lavaur Cathedral.[5]


  • Robert J. Kalas, The Selve Family of Limousin: Members of a New Elite in Early Modern France, The Sixteenth Century Journal, 18 (1987), 147-172


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  5. ^ "Georges de Selve - La bible". Lycée Louis Feuillade (in French). Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2019.