Mazarin, the Libertin


“Had he lived any longer, I don’t know what I’d do,” the twenty-one-year-old Louis XIV was reported to say upon the death of his Prime Minister and mentor, Cardinal Mazarin. Cardinal’s death made certainly an event in history. As for his life, it  was so eventful that his personality is almost lost among the noise of Parisian mob and the clamor of weapons. This Machiavellian mind, erudite and libertine, was more often revealed in the reaction of others. The immense fortune that the cardinal had accumulated during the times of trouble and which Louis XIV refused to inherit went to Duke of Mazarin who, overwhelmed by the preponderance of erotica in the art collection of the ecclesiastic, attacked the statues with the hammer.

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