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.
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Monday, 28 May 2007
The Cardinal liked cats - in 1642 he had fourteen!
Here are some of the names of the fourteen favourite felines: Racan (poet and Academician), Gazette (indiscrete), Rubis sur l'Ongle (scratchy), Pyrame & Thysbe (lovers who slept with paws entwined), Serpolet (loved sunning himself), Felimare (tiger-striped), Soumise (submissive, R's favourite), Lucifer (jet black), Ludovic le Cruel (rat-killer), Ludoviska (rat-catcher's Polish mistress), Mimi-Paillon ('straw' angora), Mounard le Fougueux ('ardent', quarellsome,capricious,worldy), Perruque (fell from Racan's wig), and Gavroche (gastro-angora).
There was a museum dedicated to the cat at 15 Grande Rue accommodated in one of the 28 matching hotêls particuliers (individual mansions) that flank the High Street. It was a good opportunity to see the interior of one of these grand houses. Sadly Madame Leroy (sic!) closed the museum in July 2007 and moved away.