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CHARACTERS OF RICHELIEU AND
LOUIS XIII
Richelieu Louis XIII
Physically Louis' inferior Natural for a son of Henri IV
Thin, slight figure could silence a Strong will of his own
room with a glance
Frequently ill and subject to Intelligence to know what France
nervous disorders & migraines needed
Utterly loyal to Louis Dependent upon the affections of
others
Loved the directions of affairs in Ill equipped o endure the violent
court life clash of court life…read more

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THE CHALAIS CONSPIRACY 1626
· Was the first plot to remove R
· Arose from Gaston's refusal to marry mademoiselle de
Montpensier
· He hoped to free himself by conspiring destroy R
· Gaston was abetted by the Duchess de Chevreuse and one of her
lovers, Comte de Chalais
· Louis soon discovered the plot and was not impressed
· Chalais was executed, Chevreuse exiled and Gaston went through
with the marriage…read more

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THE MONTMORENCY-BOUTVILLE
AFFAIR 1627
· Louis revived the law against duelling
· A young braggart, Montmorency-Boutville had been exiled for
duelling so soon retuned to France
· He choose to have a duel under the window of R's room
· Despite the law, Louis insisted that the affront to his authority be
published by death
· The incident impressed the nobility with the king's determination
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THE HUGUENOTS 1625 ­ 1629
· The Treaty of Montpellier had not materially weakened the
Huguenots
· Their leader, Rohan, organised a revolt in Languedoc
· Soubise destroyed the royal naval fleet off the Normandy coast
· They had become alarmed at the rising influence of the catholic
devots at courts After the GoA,
· This was a desperate attempt to show their strength the Huguenots
never
The Grace of Alais 1629
challenged
Gains Loses royal authority
Protected from Political and military again
discrimination in their rights were destroyed
careers
Freedom of worship…read more

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THE DAY OF DUPES 1630
· Louis fell seriously ill and the court was filled with envious rivals
· At the same time, R and MDM were battling over the appointment
of a new commander in Italy
· They were anticipating Louis' death and R destruction
· Louis was left weak and in the care of MDM
· She persuaded her son to dismiss R and it seemed he had fallen
· MDM was able to appoint Marillac as commander
· However, Louis left Paris to escape his mother
· He ordered the arrest of Marillac and reaffirmed his support to R…read more

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