Saturday, December 18, 2004

�pernon, Jean-louis De Nogaret De La Valette, Duke (duc) D'

Of obscure nobility, La Valette rose to prominence as a favourite of Henry III, who created him duke and peer of France in 1582. He and Anne de Joyeuse acted virtually as prime ministers in the 1580s. His rapacity was notorious, but he also showed great political ability

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