The Poet's Princess

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It was meant to be

The reason Sarasin had to give up literature and to leave Paris, the heart and pulse of culture he vitally needed, was futile, indeed. His master, Armand de Conti, the “Misfit”, wished to prove that he was capable of great deeds like his big brother, the Grand Condé.

Henceforth, this whim means the end of Sarasin’s literary activity. He is forced to use his talent to defend his master’s interests and to leave the capital, following Conti who was banished from Paris by the “Royal Notification” on October 22nd 1652. That was not all to it. Regarded, during the Bordeaux riots, as Conti’s “great counsellor” and suspected of negotiating a Peace Treaty with the Court, Sarasin escapes by the skin of his teeth to be murdered.

In August 1653, after the last and devastating episode of the Fronde, when any fond hope for a decent retreat seemed to be lost, Sarasin suggested to Conti a brilliant strategy: a reconciliation with the Court through Mazarin, an emergency exit for the Prince, the Poet’s only chance. If the plot failed Conti would get away with a few scratches. Sarasin would lie crushed under the rubble of the Fronde never to stand up again.

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