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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2020 8:38 p.m. PST

"When Alexander Dumas made him one of the main characters of the "The Three Musketeers" novel, he described him as a statesman, Machiavellian and devoted to his service in government. On this basis, popular tradition conveys his image as an almost sinister person.

What was he really like?

Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu was born on September 9, 1585 in Paris, and died on December 4, 1642. He was a French duke, cardinal and first prime minister of France in the years 1624–1642…"
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rmaker25 Sep 2020 9:09 p.m. PST

Of course, in The Red Sphinx, Dumas portrays Richelieu as almost a hero, compared to his successor, Mazarin.

The Tin Dictator26 Sep 2020 9:22 a.m. PST

I always thought that Richelieu was given a bad rap because of the way he was depicted in the three musketeers.

I guess maybe it's a bad idea to use fiction, or a movie, as a historical source.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2020 11:59 a.m. PST



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