Not very interesting, not very illuminating, not much fun, not worth reading.
Not the best narrative of the Cardinal's life, this concentrates too much on his military exploits and spends too little time on his fascinating personality.
The map doesn't have all the places named in the text and the genealogy table is very thin.
In the Louvre, in the Salle des Caryatides is Bernini's Richelieu bust, carved before Richelieu's death in 1642; its position of prominence in this majestic museum is for the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jedrury
I made a couple of efforts to engage this book before it finally took hold. Frankly, once I got past the early years I was captivated by the story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Peter S. Bradley
Not a bad book, but clearly biased in favor of His Red Eminence.
The good: It is very interesting to see how the first modern government (sorta) come to become. Read more
But it isn't.
Largely because the author provides little or no historical context in which to place events. Read more
What could be more interesting than the true life and times of the great Cardinal Richelieu?
The author does capture some of the interesting elements of the Cardinal’s life,... Read more
This is a decent biography of Cardinal Richelieu but like some history books it is tough reading at times. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Uncle Davy
Blanchard's book is a detailed read that any history buff would enjoy and learn from. Particularly informative were the numerous intrigues that Marie de Medicis and Marie de Rohan... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Robert Chapman
This book represents an attempt to recreate the life of the Cardinal in a smooth-flowing, detailed, and yet easy to follow popular history which succeeds remarkably well. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by I. Detest-Neiklot, J.R.
This biography falls into the trap of merely reporting events - "this happened, and this happened, and the THIS happened". Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Sean H. Sinitski