The story of Cardinal Richelieu is one of high drama, ruthless ambition and political intrigue. This biography reveals the extent of this great 17th-century statesman's scheming to gain state control over all cultural activities in order to further his aim of unifying France. By the time he had died, in 1642, his efforts had led to the creation of an academy, the official protectorship of the Sorbonne, the promotion of the theatre, the erection of magnificent buildings and the assiduous collection of works of art, all of which helped to mould the country into a cultural unity and remain Richelieu's most enduring legacy.
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Anthony Levi is editor of the magisterial two-volume Guide to French Literature (Beginnings to 1789 and 1789 to Present.)Review:
"* "a learned and highly intelligent biography"-The Literary Review * "so colourful is the material and so shrewd Levi's eye for detail that this is an assured and enjoyable introduction to the cardinal that succeeds in its aim of showing how he made France"-Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Sunday Times * "concise, lucid, entertaining and continually absorbing in its portrait of an allegedly devout mystery wrapped in an enigma" - The Irish Times
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