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Enlightening biography of a complex statesman, 8 Jan. 2013
Like many readers I first discovered Cardinal Richelieu cast in rather murky perspective by Dumas and this book (one of very few modern english language books on Richelieu) brings him clearlyinto the light in his historical context and illustrates how he used the power of his 'Eminence' to create the conditions for the the France we know today. Reading this book you can begin to understand how his contribution lead to the later glories of the 'Sun King' and the later blood-thirsty revolution. Perhaps we do not see enough here of the cleric and the bishop in Richelieu's complex make-up but he certains comes across as an impressive, yet human, figure in this great new biography by Blanchard. I loved it.