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Éminence : Cardinal Richelieu and the rise of France

Author: Jean-Vincent Blanchard
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Chief minister to King Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu was the architect of a new France in the seventeenth century, and the force behind the nation's rise as a European power. Among the first statesmen to clearly understand the necessity of a balance of powers, he was one of the early realist politicians, practicing in the wake of Machiavelli. Forging a nation-state amid the swirl of unruly nobles, widespread  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie 1617-1642
Biography
Named Person: Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu, duc de; Armand Jean du Plessis ((de)) Richelieu; Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu, duc de; Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu, duc de
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Vincent Blanchard
ISBN: 9780802717047 0802717047
OCLC Number: 701806397
Description: vi, 309 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Contents: The rise: Toward a coup d'etat (1617) ; Wars of a mother and a son (1617-1620) ; Jupiter's favor (1621-1624) --
The testing: Angel or demon? (1624-1626) ; Wonder by the sea (1627-1628) ; Great storm (1629-1930) --
The passion: Restless dragon (1631-1634) ; War (1635-1637) ; Turning points (1638-1640) ; The final scene (1641-1642) --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Jean-Vincent Blanchard.

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Chief minister to King Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu was the architect of a new France in the seventeenth century, and the force behind the nation's rise as a European power. Among the first statesmen to clearly understand the necessity of a balance of powers, he was one of the early realist politicians, practicing in the wake of Machiavelli. Forging a nation-state amid the swirl of unruly nobles, widespread corruption, wars of religion, and an ambitious Habsburg empire, Richelieu mastered the politics of absolute power. At times cruel and ruthless, he was always devoted to creating a lasting central authority vested in the monarchy, a power essential to France's position on the European stage for the next two centuries. Jean-Vincent Blanchard's insightful new biography offers a rich portrait of a fascinating man and his era, and gives us a keener understanding of the dark arts of politics.--From publisher description.

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Richelieu's Politcal Theater

by Ours-polaire (WorldCat user published 2012-02-14) Excellent Permalink

For English speakers the ideal and most accessible starting point to understand the famous French cardinal. Predominately a biography that explores Richelieu's life and less focused on historical analysis of the events surrounding it, Eminence introduces readers...
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