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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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Missions and Offices

Missions and Offices

(p.84) 4 Missions and Offices
Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Hugh Gaston Hall

Oxford University Press

Jean Desmarets held important offices, first as ‘le bouffon du Roi’, with access to the Conseil as a favourite perhaps as early as 1614. By 1620 he was Député pour les fortifications de l'Armée du Roi: the office of Surintendant des fortifications de France which he borrowed money to purchase in 1634, when Maître Jean Desmarets was already Conseiller du Roi, Contrôleur, Contrôleur général, and Proviseur général de l'Extraordinaire des guerres. However, in August 1634 he sold the linked offices of Conseiller du Roi and Contrôleur as incompatible with that of Proviseur général; which appears to have been compatible with the offices of Conseiller du Roi en ses Conseils and Contrôleur général de l'Extraordinaire des guerres, which he retained and complemented with the office of Secrétaire du Roi in the same department. Desmarets was also an active member of the Académie-Française for forty-five years.

Keywords:   Jean Desmarets, bouffon du Roi, Conseiller du Roi, Contrôleur, Proviseur general, Secrétaire du Roi, Académie-Française

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