The resident ambassador
By Wendy Lynn Conatser
BA Thesis, Ball State University, 1997
Abstract: This is a discussion of the evolution of the office of resident ambassador in fifteenth century Italy. The purpose of this paper is to make clear the extreme differences between the medieval ad hoc ambassador and the resident. To that end, the status of medieval ambassadors is briefly discussed, followed by a listing of possible precursors to Renaissance resident ambassadors. The actual evolution of the system in Italy is then outlined, and then the effects of this new system on diplomatic immunity are discussed in order to emphasize the ideological differences inherent in Renaissance diplomacy.