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.

Tuesday 1 September 2009

The third duke -

3rd duke of Richelieu, Peer & Marshall of France
1696 - 1788
First Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Louis XV
Patron of both Voltaire and Rameau for the composition of 
on the occasion of the 
Marriage of the Dauphin of France to the Infanta of Spain
 at Versailles in 23 February 1745

in contrast to Armand Jean du Plessis, cardinal and first duke, this chap actually lived some of the time in the château de Richelieu and embellished it to the sumptious fashion of the day.

The third duke was a famous seducer of ladies of the nobility and was the model for the Vicomte de Valmont in Laclos' 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' of 1782.
.......first gentleman of the bedchamber.......

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