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Cardinal Richelieu: And the Making of France

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In an extraordinary drama sweeping across seventeenth-century France, this probing biography of Cardinal Richelieu explores how a man of steely intelligence and ruthless ambition not only fulfilled his dreams of social prestige, personal wealth, and political power but at the same time realized his vision of a France unified as much by its culture as by its king.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 11th 2000 by Da Capo Press (first published 2000)
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Alex
Feb 19, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it
More like 3.5, lacks information and proper analysis of France's foreign policy during the 30 Years' War (but thats where Kissinger comes in). All in all, not a bad read.
Ken
Jun 11, 2017 Ken rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Thorough. When reading this, it would be helpful to know some French, since not all terms in French are given a translation. The sentence structure is often long, with many clauses and commas, making it a challenge to read easily, but the author seems to want to pack in as much detail as possible. The political and religious history is so intertwined, and so complex with many regional leaders throughout Europe, it is hard to keep track of everybody. Each of what we now call a country had to be c ...more
Rita
May 30, 2017 Rita rated it really liked it
Do you remember A. Diumas Three musketeers? And great cardinal Richelieu? In many adaptations this man was shown as power hungry monster and worst enemy of France and king. I was still interesting in real man from that lovely book. A. Levi book is a bit dry, but very informative and it feels that author did his research. Highly recommended.
Richard Bartholomew
Mar 28, 2011 Richard Bartholomew rated it really liked it
Shelves: catholicism, history
Levi’s biography of Richelieu is in places dense, and the narrative thread is not always completely clear. However, as a “life and times” the book is a well-informed and intelligent appraisal of the religious, cultural, and political context in which Richelieu lived, as well as a thoughtful account of his subject’s character.

Near the start of the book, Levi notes “the development of arrangements to use what were once ecclesiastical revenues to finance the enlarged secular administrations of post
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