Jules Mazarin


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Jules Mazarin (1602–1661), born Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino or Mazarini, was an Italian and French cardinal, diplomat, and politician, who served as the chief minister of France from 1642 until his death. Mazarin succeeded his mentor, Cardinal Richelieu. He was a noted collector of art and jewels, particularly diamonds, and he bequeathed the "Mazarin diamonds" to Louis XIV in 1661, some of... more »

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  • ''In France a woman will not go to sleep until she has talked over affairs of state with her lover or her husband.''
    Jules Mazarin (1602-1661), Italian-born-French statesman, cardinal. Attributed remark (c. 1650).
  • ''The French are nice people. I allow them to sing and to write, and they allow me to do whatever I like.''
    Jules Mazarin (c. 1602-1661), Italian-bornFrench statesman, cardinal. letter, Oct. 25, 1715. Quoted by Elizabeth Charlotte, Duchess of Orléans. Ma...
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