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Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV$
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Hugh Gaston Hall

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.001.0001

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Short Poems and Games

Short Poems and Games

(p.212) 11 Short Poems and Games
Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Hugh Gaston Hall

Oxford University Press

Like a number of his contemporaries in Court circles, the salons, and the early Académie-Française, Jean Desmarets wrote numerous short poems. In the first years of the Regency of Anne of Austria he also devised educational card-games for Louis XIV. Desmarets published three collections of his verse: a section of his Œuvres poëtiques and La Comparaison includes a few uncollected pieces, poems reprinted from Œuvres poëtiques, and extracts from Les Promenades de Richelieu and Clovis. Desmarets was, however, a reputable poet in the minor genres and his reputation lasted into the third quarter of the century. That it was owed partly to his fame as a performer, novelist, and playwright — and doubtless partly also to his connections at Court and in the Richelieu family — seems likely. Most of these poems are now mainly of biographical and period interest, but some retain considerable charm.

Keywords:   Jean Desmarets, poems, card-games, Louis XIV, Œuvres poëtiques, La Comparaison, Clovis

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