Mazaring Les Lettres et Les Arts
Paris/Saint-Rémy-en-l'Eau: Bibliothèque Mazarin/ Monelle Hayot, 2006. Hardcover. Red cloth boards with yellow lettering on front and spine, color illustrated dust jacket with white lettering, color illustrated end pages, 479 pp, profusely illustrated in bw and color. VG+/VG- (book is very crisp and clean. Dust jacket has overall shelf wear and small tears). Item #178488
Text in French. "If his language was Italian, his heart was French. "Mazarin, Grand Minister for France, however, has a sulphurous image. His name is synonymous with ill-gotten wealth while the people of the countryside are plunged. in misery. Cardinal de Retz opposed the formidable father Richelieu to a "gentle and benevolent" Mazarin. The Mazarinades tarnished his image during his lifetime, Alexandre Dumas completed it in his novels: "a phantom of Richelieu", according to him. The present work finally does him justice. The commemoration of the IV centenary of the birth of the Cardinal (1602-1661) made it possible to take stock of the summer current state of "mazarines studies", but also to present a picture of cultural and artistic France during the period, unloved and little studied, which runs between the death of Richelieu, that of Louis XIII (1642-1643) and the beginning of the personal government of Louis XIV (1661) .The work unites, under the scientific impetus of Patrick Michel and I sabelle de Conihout, studies due to the best French and foreign specialists. He favors two passions of the "prince of collectors", books and the arts. The third part, devoted to the image of the cardinal in the eyes of his contemporaries and posterity, adds the point of view of historians. By the quality and the relevance of the abundant illustration, the wish of the authors is to make pleasantly accessible all the studies brought together in this volume."- dust jacket translated from French.