Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

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Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince de Bénévent, then Prince de Talleyrand (1754–1838) was a French diplomat. He worked successfully from the regime of Louis XVI, through the French Revolution and then under Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, and Louis-Philippe. Known since the turn of the 19th century simply by the name Talleyrand, he remains a figure that polarizes opinion. Some ... more »

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  • ''She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again.''
    Charles Maurice Talleyrand (1754-1838), French statesman. Quoted in A. Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, ch. 3 (1932). Speaking to Napoleon of Madame de St...
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