(b Rosny-sur-Seine, Yvelines, 12 or 13 Dec 1560; d Villebon, Eure-et-Loir, 22 Dec 1641). French soldier, statesman and patron. He rose in the service of Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France), becoming Baron de Rosny by 1583. He was a Conseiller d’état by 1594; during the 1590s he distinguished himself as a military engineer. From 1598 he was Henry IV's most trusted minister and the leading Protestant of the realm. In 1606 he was created Duc de Sully. As Surintendant des Finances he improved the collection of revenue through efficient management and strict control of the nobility and officials. After Henry IV's assassination in 1610 he was ousted from office, spending his last 30 years in retirement.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.