Synopses & Reviews
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.
Library Journal, 11/1/08
“Long-neglected Frenchman Nicholas Foucquet has finally found a sympathetic chronicler of his fascinating and influential life…Drazin's characterization of Foucquet's fate provides graphic insight…[Written] with the general reader in mind.”
Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/13/09
“Drazin’s writing is…competent and readable…This is an informative book.”
“The gripping saga of Louis's first minister, builder of the opulent chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte, patron of the arts, and lover of beautiful women, but also the man who ended up convicted of embezzlement and treason…Graceful prose.”
Reference and Research Book News, August 2009
“Reveal[s] Foucquet's colorful and extravagant life and the King's envy, jealousy and eventual betrayal.”
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.