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.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The phantom cardinal-duc

…a huge spooky and shadowy figure appeared...
Le Chasteau de Richelieu
 or
L'Histoire des Dieux et des Heros de l'Antiquité,
avec des Réfléxions morales.
par Mr. Benjamin Vignier - à Saumur
chez Henri Desbordes, imprimeur
& Marchand Librairie
1681
avec privilege du Roy

Benjamin Vignier was the steward in charge of the Château de Richelieu shortly after the cardinal duc's lifetime. He left this detailed description of the palace in 1681, presumably in the lifetime of the second duke. It is the principal written text describing the magnificent building at its apogee and detailing the artistic treasures that it contained, in particular the painting, the statues and busts of Roman antiquities.
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Richelieu in Love
or
The Youth of Charles 1

This 1850's play about Queen Anne of Austria and her paramour Lord Buckingham was a popular production on the London stage.
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