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His Grand Eminence
Armand-Jean du Plessis
Cardinal de Richelieu
Cardinal, Bishop of Luçon

Portrait of Cardinal Richelieu (detail), 1633–40, Philippe de Champaigne, National Gallery, London
Metropolis Bordeaux
Diocese Luçon
See Luçon
Installed 17 April 1607
Term ended 29 April 1624
Predecessor Alphonse-Louis du Plessis de Richelieu
Successor Jules Mazarin
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Duke of Richelieu
Duke of Fronsac
Chief Minister of the French King (1624–1642)

Consecration 17 April 1607
Created Cardinal 5 September 1622
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1585-09-09)9 September 1585
Paris, France
Died 4 December 1642(1642-12-04) (aged 57)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Territorial abbot Coadjutor of Cluny (1627–1635)
Territorial abbot of Cluny (1635–1642)

Alma mater Collège de Navarre, University of Paris
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Carry on any enterprise as if all future success depended on it.
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.
Cardinal Richelieu
Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of state.
Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of the State.
War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.
To know how to dissimulate is the knowledge of kings.