Nicolas Fouquet


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(1615–80). Surintendant des Finances under Louis XIV until 1661, when he was disgraced, tried, and imprisoned for supposed malversation (in reality because of his power, ambition, and wealth). He had assembled a luxurious court at Vaux-le-Vicomte, and was a lavish patron of writers, including Molière, Corneille, Pellisson, and La Fontaine, many of whom continued to support him in his disgrace.

From The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French in Oxford Reference.

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