George de Selve (right) in Hans Holbein the Younger's The Ambassadors
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.
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 one of two figures in a picture by Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors, which hangs in the National Gallery, London. De Selve is on the right, with Jean de Dinteville.
He wrote on theology, studied with and was a patron of Eli Levita from 1534, and was commissioned by the king to make translations.
- 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