Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France

Book - 2011 | 1st U.S. ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802717047
Branch Call Number: B RICHEL,A
Characteristics: vi, 309 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm


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Jun 28, 2017

The title of this book should be, A Brief History of Louis XIII's France. The historical research that went into this book is commendable, but it misses its point. I learned about every character in Richelieu's life than I did about him. A historical background is essential to understanding Richelieu's significance; however, the author focused more on historical background than on Richelieu's character and his impact on France, which is what one wants to read in a biography. It is a well written book but it lacks focus.

Feb 07, 2013

It reads like great fiction but is historical fact.


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