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Cardinal Richelieu

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Cardinal Richelieu Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu (1585-1642) aimed to make the monarchy absolute; he ruthlessly crushed opposition by the nobility, and destroyed the political power of the Huguenots, while leaving them religious freedom.

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Abroad he sought to establish French supremacy by breaking the power of the Habsburgs; he therefore supported the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the German Protestant princes against Austria, and in 1635 brought France into the Thirty Years' War.

Born in Paris of a noble family, he entered the church, and was created bishop of Lucon in 1606 and a cardinal in 1622. Through the influence of Marie de' Medici he became Louis XIII's chief minister in 1624, a position he retained until his death. His secretary Pere Joseph was the original Grey Eminence.

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Cardinal Richelieu was a French cardinal and politician, chief minister from 1624.

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