Armand Jean du Plessis

[Duc De Richelieu]

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Armand Jean du Plessis, cardinal-duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac (9 September 1585–4 December 1642) was a French clergyman, noble and statesman.

Consecrated as a bishop in 1608, he later entered politics, becoming a Secretary of State in 1616. Richelieu soon rose in both the Catholic Church and the French government, becoming a Cardinal in 1622, and King Louis XIII's chief minister in ... more »

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  • ''Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of the State.''
    Duc De Richelieu (1585-1642), French statesman, cardinal. "Maxims," Testament Politique (1641).
  • ''To know how to dissimulate is the knowledge of kings.''
    Duc De Richelieu (1585-1642), French statesman, cardinal. "Maxims," Testament Politique (1641).
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