Every since Talleyrand assumed a prominent role during the opening stages of the French Revolution, his intentions and motivations have been the subject of heated debate. The debate about his achievements and merits is far from over. This bibliography is the first to be compiled on Napoleon's foreign minister. It opens with a chronology of Talleyrand's life and an introduction summarizing the salient points in his career. It is then divided into sections covering the available archival sources, Talleyrand's own writings, contemporary pamphlets and books, and works written about him since his death.The volume opens with a chronology of Talleyrand's life and an introduction summarizing the salient points in his career and pointing to discrepancies in the Talleyrand historiography. The initial section describes the most important archival sources available in France and other countries. The second section covers Talleyrand's own publications, his parliamentary interventions, and his correspondence. Contemporary pamphlets and books, many critical of Talleyrand's secularization of Church property, are covered in the third section. The final section includes works written about Talleyrand since his death as well as works on topics related to him, such as his women and children, his portrayal in art and literature, and a list of drawings and lithographs dedicated to him.
History, Europe, France,