RICHELIEU, HEAVEN CAN WAIT
An episode from the series SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS
What legacy did the clergyman Armand Jean du Plessis, known as Richelieu and who became Minister to King Louis XIII, left after he passed away in 1642?
Founder of the Académie Française, initiator of the Grand Palais of Luxembourg and the current Senate, Richelieu, an ambitious, astute political strategist, and a firm believer, was also one of the greatest builders of his time.
Described by Alexander Dumas, the author of "The Three Musketeers", as cruel and manipulative, he was also an erudite, haunted by the fear of falling victim to one of the many plots targeting him.