Lead: One of history's most fascinating characters, served as First Minister to King Louis XIII of France, appointed in 1624, was Richelieu was the real ruler of France and more than any king helped establish the French monarchy as the absolute seat of authority in France.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

He was one of the most brilliant statesmen of his era and pursued the power of the French king with every tool at his disposal. He was able to go quickly to the root of a problem and deal with it quickly with a will not effected by petty morality.

 

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