Eminence. Cardinal Richelieu And The Rise Of France

Blanchard Jean-Vincent

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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: Walker Books
Publisher Place: New York
Publisher Year: 2011
Edition: First Edition

Description: 309 pages. Book appears to have harldy been read and is in Fine condition throughout. Ex-Library. (only one small stamp on inside page).

Publishers Description: 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 Niccolo Machiavelli. Truly larger than life, he has captured the imagination of generations, both through his own story and through his portrayal as a ruthless political mastermind in Alexandre Dumas's classic "The Three Musketeers."Forging a nation-state amid the swirl of unruly, grasping nobles, widespread corruption, wars of religion, and an ambitious Habsburg empire, Richelieu's hands were always full. Serving his fickle monarch, he mastered the politics of absolute power. Jean-Vincent Blanchard's rich and insightful new biography brings Richelieu fully to life in all his complexity. At times cruel and ruthless, Richelieu was always devoted to creating a lasting central authority vested in the power of monarchy, a power essential to France's position on the European stage for the next two centuries. Richelieu's careful understanding of politics as spectacle speaks to contemporary readers; much of what he accomplished was promoted strategically through his great passion for theater and literature, and through the romance of power. "Eminence" offers a rich portrait of a fascinating man and his era, and gives us a keener understanding of the dark arts of politics."

ISBN: 9780802717047

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