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Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Hugh Gaston Hall


Jean Desmarets, later Sieur de Saint-Sorlin, was a late Renaissance ‘universal man’: first Chancellor and founder-member of the Académie Française, last jester of the French royal court and star performer in ballets, novelist, playwright, poet, architect, inventor, and mystic. He was also the first man to publicise the notion of ‘a century of Louis XIV’. This book examines that notion by looking afresh at Desmarets's vigorous career and relating the ‘century of Louis XIV’ to its origins in the reign of Louis XIII. It questions historical misconceptions about Cardinal Richelieu's cultural polic ... More

Keywords: Jean Desmarets, Renaissance, Académie Française, Louis XIV, Cardinal Richelieu, ballet, cultural policies, plays, Giovanni Bernini, Quarrel of the Imaginaires

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198151579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Gaston Hall, author
University of Warwick