Pacifique de Provins

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Pacifique de Provins (1588 in Provins – 1648) was a French Capuchin Father of the 17th century. He established a French mission in Isfahan in 1627 with the agreement of Cardinal de Richelieu and Pėre Joseph, and the benevolence of Shah Abbas I of Persia.[1] Pacifique de Provins relied on the help of an Armenian named Khajah Muchaq to obtain an agreement from the Shah.[2] Results were minimum however in increasing relations and trade, and English and Dutch influence remained paramount.[3] Progress was also hampered by the long-standing Franco-Ottoman alliance, the Ottoman Empire being a regular enemy of Persia.[3]

A new mission was sent in 1665 under de Lalin and de la Boulaye le Gouz.[3]


  • Pacifique de Provins, Relation du Voyage de Perse (Paris: Nicolas et lean de la Coste, 1631)


  1. ^ McCabe, p.141
  2. ^ The politics of trade in Safavid Iran: silk for silver, 1600-1730 Rudolph P. Matthee p.87 [1]
  3. ^ a b c The Cambridge history of Iran William Bayne Fisher, Peter Jackson, Laurence Lockhart p.465 [2]