Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France (Paperback)

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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. One of the first statesmen to clearly understand the necessity of a balance of powers, he has captured the imagination of generations, both through the story of his life and through Alexandre Dumas's portrayal of him as a ruthless political mastermind in the classic "The Three Musketeers."

Jean-Vincent Blanchard's rich and insightful new biography brings Richelieu fully to life in all his complexity. His 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. " minence" offers a rich portrait of a fascinating man and his era, and gives us a keener understanding of the dark art of politics.

"Blanchard's captivating biography vividly captures the rise to power of a seminal figure who was instrumental in creating France as we know it."-"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

"Lovers of intrigue and derring-do will enjoy Jean-Vincent Blanchard's "Eminence .".. His] lively style will appeal to general readers, while history buffs will appreciate his careful footnotes and plethora of primary sources."-"The Baltimore Sun.

About the Author

Jean-Vincent Blanchard is an associate professor of French literature and politics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He has published on a broad range of subjects in politics, history, religion, philosophy, and the arts. This is his first book published in English.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802778529
ISBN-10: 0802778526
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication Date: February 26th, 2013
Pages: 309
Language: English