By Vincent J. Pitts
From 1661 to 1664, France used to be mesmerized by means of the arrest and trial of Nicolas Fouquet, the country’s superintendent of finance. Prosecuted on trumped-up fees of embezzlement, mismanagement of cash, and excessive treason, Fouquet controlled to exonerate himself from all the significant fees over the process 3 lengthy years, within the method embarrassing and infuriating Louis XIV. The younger king overturned the court’s selection and sentenced Fouquet to lifelong imprisonment in a distant fort within the Alps.
A dramatic critique of absolute monarchy in pre-revolutionary France, Embezzlement and excessive Treason in Louis XIV's France tells the gripping story of an excessively bold guy who rose swiftly within the nation hierarchy—then overreached. Vincent J. Pitts makes use of the trial as a lens wherein to discover the interior workings of the court docket of Louis XIV, who rightly feared that Fouquet may reveal the tawdry monetary dealings of the king's past due mentor and leading minister, Cardinal Mazarin.