Éminence Rouge

The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Another blu-sky autumn view

thanks Ali K-B

Thursday, 19 November 2020

The statue at the entrance to the parc & the restored Dôme in autumn.

Statue of the Cardinal-Duc by Ramey, formerly on the Pont Louis XVI in Paris

An autumnal view of the 'Dôme'; last remnant of the former château de Richelieu.


Wednesday, 11 November 2020

The parc de Richelieu in autumnal Covid-19 Lockdown


From the cross-axis point back to the town

Up a wind swept side allée

Next to the former castle site, looking West

A walkway bridge under the plane trees

Along the main canal

The newly restored 'Dôme', a former manège hall

thanks Jane, Malachy amd Ali


Thursday, 8 October 2020

Thursday, 16 July 2020

The new swan family in the park

Seven cygnets have been born to the pair of swans that live on the moat of the former Château de Richelieu. At present all survive.


Saturday, 23 May 2020

Mayor Martegoutte - 23 May 2020-25

Mayor Martegoutte with former Mayor Novelli

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

PHILIPPE DE CHAMPAIGNE (1602-75) - Armand, Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642) c.1625-42 RCIN 404757

This 'official' portrait of the Cardinal de Richelieu by Philippe de Champaigne is in the Royal Collection, in the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

Though not acquired by George IV, this formidable portrait of Cardinal Richelieu, Chief Minister to Louis XIII and effective ruler of France, was hung by him at St James’s Palace. This is typical of King George IV’s interest in French history as well as French art and design.

First recorded in the collection of Queen Anne in 1705.


Monday, 4 May 2020

Portraits of the Cardinal in London

The National Gallery, London

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Tassin's map of Richelieu

The Tassin map of the Ville Idéale

Christophe Tassin (* early 17th century in France; † 1660 in France), also known as Nicolas Tassin, Christophe Nicolas Tassin or Christophe Le Tassin, was a French cartographer who worked in a series of atlases regions in France, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. He seems to have published most of his first prints in Paris from 1633 to 1635. His publishers included Melchior Tavernier (1594–1665), Sébastien Cramoisy (1584–1669) and Michael van Lochum (1601–1647). Almost nothing has survived from his closer circumstances.

Tassin's Cartouche of the Cité

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Richeliieu avec coeur et ambitions

Richelieu avec coeur et ambitions

facebook page for
Etienne Martegoutte

Mayoral candidate in the Municipal elections of 15/22 March 2020


Saturday, 8 February 2020

Costumes from La Corneille Distinguée

This nice picture was put up by the Corneille Distingue to shown their period costumes.

Logo of La Corneille Distinguée


thanks to all at lacorneille distinguee!


Monday, 3 February 2020

Richelieu Ensemble Facebook pages


facebook page for
Philippe Naudeau

Mayoral candidate in the Municipal elections of 15/22 March 2020