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 Post subject: Nicolas Fouquet
PostPosted: 07 Sep 2015, 08:29 
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Fouquet (1615-1680). Comptroller of France from 1659 to 1661, when his extravagance, maladministration
and dishonesty were revealed by Colbert. Tried unfairly, he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the fortress of
Pignerol. He was a deadly enemy of Joffrey de Peyrac, Angélique’s first husband.

Angelique visited in the first book Vaux de Vicomte:

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Compared to Louis XIV‘s Louvre Palace, the royal residence, Vaux-le-Vicomte was perfection itself and it featured an orangerie built by Jules Mansart.

The splendour of Vaux-le-Vicomte intrigued the young king. Could it be, for instance, that Nicolas Fouquet, who was the king’s Superintendent of Finances, had embezzled money? Jules Mazarin , who had been the chief minister of France from 1642 until 1661, had no doubt embezzled funds. As well, Fouquet expected to be Minister of Finance, but so did Colbert. He was always in opposition to Fouquet.

Be that as it may, Louis XIV had Fouquet arrested by d’Artagnan, whom Alexandre Dumas, père transformed into a fictional hero in The Three Musketeers (serialized as of 1844). Fouquet was tried, convicted and imprisoned for life at Pignerol, in the very jail that held the prisoner known as “the man in the iron mask.”

Fouquet had been a generous patron of the arts. For the example to fabulist Jean de La Fontaine a protégé of Fouquet, pleaded for leniency. He wrote to but Although La Fontaine was a superb writer, second only to Victor Hugo in the history of French literature, and recognized as a great author in his own days, he was not appointed to the French Académie, until 1684. This was a punishment by Louis XIV, because he used to be a protégé of Fouquet.


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Versailles: Louis XIV copies Nicolas Fouquet

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Louis XIV was pitiless. When Nicolas Fouquet was prisoned, Louis was busy recruiting the men who had designed Vaux-le-Vicomte: Louis Le Vau, Charles Le Brun, and landscape architect André Le Nôtre. Moreover, architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, who had built a superb orangerie at Vaux-le-Vicomte, was directed to provide Versailles with an even better one.

As for Antoine Vatel, when Fouquet was arrested, he became le Grand Condé‘s majordomo, or maître d’hôtel, at the Château de Chantilly (but chantilly cream is not Vatel’s creation !!!!!! :mrgreen: ).

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In the first German edition of the book Angelique we can find stuff, which can be found in any another language not even in new integral editions.

Angeliques visit in Fouquet's palace Vaux de Vicomte. :!: :!:


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