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The Man Who Outshone the Sun King: A Life of Gleaming Opulence and Wretched Reversal in the Reign of Louis XIVby Charles Drazin
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Late in 1664, the musketeer DArtagnan rode beside a carriage as it left Paris, carrying his friend Nicolas Fouquet to life imprisonment in a cell next door to the Man in the Iron Mask. From a glorious zenith as Louis XIVs first minister and Cardinal Mazarins protégé and eventual protector; builder of the stunningly opulent chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte; and patron of the arts and lover of beautiful women, Fouquet had suffered a wretched decline.
The story of the rise and fall of Nicolas Fouquet is both compelling and unforgettable. Charles Drazins beautifully written and vivid account brings to life Fouquets remarkable gains in fortune, influence, and power, as well as the lavish and hazardous world of the royal court in seventeenth-century France.
Book News Annotation:
Drazin is a noted UK author, lecturer (cinema, Queen Mary, U. of London) and editor, and he has written this biography on Nicholas Foucquet to contrast his lavish life as first minister to Louis XIV with his eventual downfall. Written for students and scholars of pre-Revolutionary French history, this volume uses memoirs and letters from the period to reveal Foucquet's colorful and extravagant life and the King's envy, jealousy and eventual betrayal. The author also documents Foucquet's imprisonment in the Pignerol fortress, noting that the original Man in the Iron Mask lived in the next cell. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A richly textured biography of seventeenth-century minister Nicolas Fouquet, whose cunning and charisma brought him vast wealth and wide-ranging fame and, eventually, his own destruction.
About the Author
Charles Drazin edited the literary journals of John Fowles. He teaches film studies at the University of London and has written numerous books about film. He lives in London.
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