Les lettres et les arts

Scientific Direction

Preface :
Hélène Carrère d’Encausse
Perpetual secretary of the French Academy.

Introduction :
Christian Péligry
Former director of the Mazarine Library.

“His language was Italian but his heart was French.”

Great Minister for France, Mazarin yet has a sulphurous image. His name is synonymous with ill-gotten wealth while the countryside people is immersed in poverty. The cardinal of Retz compared to the harsh and formidable Richelieu a “gentle and mild” Mazarin. The mazarinades damage his image in his lifetime. Alexandre Dumas destroies him in his novel: according to him, Mazarin is “a ghost of Richelieu”.
This very book finally dispenses him justice.
At the scientific instigation of Matrick Michel and Isabelle de Conihout, it gathers studies due to the best French and foreign specialists.


23.5 x 29.7 cm
480 pages
380 colour and black & white illustrations
ISBN: 978-2-903824-53-2 65,00