From 1661 to 1664, France’s King Louis XIV orchestrated a show trial of his former superintendent of finance, Nicholas Fouquet, on charges of embezzlement and high treason. Despite being charged with trumped up capital offences, Fouquet was able to exonerate himself in the eyes of judges handpicked by the King to render a guilty verdict. In this book, the author, an instructor of history at Quinnipiac University, depicts how Fouquet expertly defended himself by exposing the entrenched system of corruption that drained the coffers of France to enrich members of its aristocracy. Rather than writing a biography of Fouquet, the author focuses on the political environment and legal procedures that Fouquet used in his defense. The author also demonstrates, as with the Dreyfus affair two centuries later, how the narrative of a show trial can be rewritten by the accused to not only maintain their innocence, but to cast light on the injustices of a society as a whole. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
From 1661 to 1664, France was mesmerized by the arrest and trial of Nicolas Fouquet, the country?s superintendent of finance. Prosecuted on trumped up charges of embezzlement, mismanagement of funds, and high treason, Fouquet managed to exonerate himself from all of the major charges over the course of three long years, in the process embarrassing and infuriating Louis XIV. The young king overturned the court?s decision and sentenced Fouquet to lifelong imprisonment in a remote fortress in the Alps.
A dramatic critique of absolute monarchy in pre-revolutionary France, Embezzlement and High Treason in Louis XIV's France tells the gripping tale of an overly ambitious man who rose rapidly in the state hierarchy?then overreached. Vincent J. Pitts uses the trial as a lens through which to explore the inner workings of the court of Louis XIV, who rightly feared that Fouquet would expose the tawdry financial dealings of the king's late mentor and prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin.
Number of Pages: 2244
Genre: History, Political Science, Business + Money Management
Sub-Genre: Europe / General, Labor, General
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Author: Vincent J. Pitts
Street Date: October 14, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-0374