Odet de Selve

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Odet de Selve (c. 1504-1563) was a French diplomat.

He was the son of Jean de Selve, first president at the parliaments of Rouen and Bordeaux, vice-chancellor of Milan, and ambassador of the king of France. In 1540 Odet was appointed councillor at the parlement of Paris and in 1542 at the grand council. In 1546, after the signature of the treaty of Ardres, he was sent on an embassy to England, in 1550 to Venice, and afterwards to Rome, where he obtained the election of Pope Paul IV in 1555.

A large number of Odet's diplomatic letters survive and are published.

He married Reneé de Montmirail, Lady of Souplainville.[1]


  1. Correspondance Politique, (1888), preface