Barante, Amable Guillaume Prosper Brugiere, Baron de, was born at Riom in 1782. From 1806 to 1848 he occupied with distinction a succession of political and diplomatic posts, having served as ambassador at St. Petersburg when the Revolution broke out. He then retired into private life, continuing his literary pursuits in his country-house in Auvergne, where he died in 1866. His History of the Dakes of Burgundg is a monument of research and ability, and his History of the National Convention deserves praise. Besides.these. he published many literary essays, translated Schiller's plays, and contributed a version of Hamlet, to Guizot's Shakespeare.