The Memoirs of Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz

The Memoirs of Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
Being Historic Court Memoirs of the Great Events during the Minority of Louis XIV and the Administration of Cardinal Mazarin.

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Being Historic Court Memoirs of the Great Events during the Minority of Louis XIV and the Administration of Cardinal Mazarin.

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chesse de Lesdiguieres, the last of this noble family, whose estate fell after her decease to that of Villeroy.

His preceptor was the famous Vincent de Paul, Almoner to Queen Anne of Austria.

In 1627 he was made a Canon of the Cathedral of Paris by his uncle, Jean Francois de Gondi, first archbishop of that city, and was not long after created a Doctor of the Sorbonne.

In 1643 he was appointed Coadjutor of the archbishopric of Paris, with the title of Archbishop of Corinth, during which, such was his pastoral vigilance that the most important affairs of the Church were committed to his care.

As to his general character, if we take it from his own Memoirs, he had such presence of mind, and so dexterously improved all opportunities which fortune presented to him, that it seemed as if he had foreseen or desired them. He knew how to put a good gloss upon his failings, and oftentimes verily believed he was really the man which he affected to be only in appearance. He was a man of bright

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