NICOLAS FOUQUET, THE MAN WHO OFFENDED THE KING

Exceptional destinies

An episode from the series SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS

Format: HD
Duration: 100 ’
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Available version: French
Rights: All Rights | Worldwide except France

Synopsis

In charges of the country finances under Louis XIV, patron of the greatest artists, Nicolas Fouquet experienced a meteoric rise, followed by an equally vertiginous descent into hell.

The Sun King was disgruntled by the display of wealth of his confidant, owner of the magnificent castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte. The last straw was Fouquet's grandiose celebration on August 17, 1761, considered a provocation by the sovereign.

Envied and accused overnight of stealing from the king, he ended his life in a freezing cell.