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The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask - by Paul Sonnino (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 286

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: Europe

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Book theme: France

Author: Paul Sonnino

Language: English

Street Date: February 19, 2020
TCIN: 79627041
UPC: 9781538141441
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-9123


Sonnino is allergic to unsubstantiated assertions and trusts only the historical record. From an impressive range of published and, particularly, archival sources he unearths and marshals facts which point to a lesser personage, someone who moved in high society but was not of it, who would not be missed, probably a valet. He is left with Eustache Dauger, who served Cardinal Mazarin, Fouquet and other notables who had roles in political life and fingers in secret pies. Dauger has been named before, but Sonnino gives the most convincing answer yet to the obvious question: why would Louis take so much trouble to lock up a menial? His answer is that Dauger knew that much of the fortune left by Mazarin which passed to Louis consisted of jewels and paintings acquired at loan-shark prices from Henrietta Maria, Charles I's widow. If that, together with what he had overheard of the King's lust to acquire the Spanish Netherlands, were to be revealed, Louis's policies abroad and good name at home would be in ruins. Sonnino commends his theory because it is backed by the best available evidence. But he also concedes with wry good humour that his man Dauger could be eliminated at any time by the discovery of a vital new piece of information. But until that diary entry or letter turns up, his careful detective work has delivered a most seductive solution to the historical mystery of the man behind the mask.--Times Literary Supplement
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