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Ancien Régime. Early modernity all over Europe before the French Revolution of 1789, a term representative for absolutism.

Cinq Mars and De Thou led to Execution.

French Romantics. Alfred de Vigny. Louis XIV fashion costumes.

Cinq Mars and De Thou led to Execution.

Cinq Mars and De Thou led to Execution.

HENRY D’EFFIAT, marquis de Cinq Mars, was a member of a noble French family. Born in 1620, he was made grand equerry of France when only nineteen. For some time he was a royal favorite, but Richelieu took a dislike to the young man and employed means for his downfall. He was accused of conspiring against Louis XIII., and, with his friend De Thou, was executed in 1642. Continue reading