See also:Caen, was
See also:born at Hermanville near Caen . He was educated at Caen, and settled in
See also:Paris . As a writer of vers de societe he rivalled Voiture, but he was never admitted to the inner circle of the hotel de Rambouillet . He was on terms of intimate friendship with
See also:Scarron, with whom he exchanged verses, with
See also:Menage, and with
See also:Pellisson . In 1639 he supported Georges de
See also:Scudery in his attack on Corneille with a Discours de la tragedie . He accompanied Leon Bouthillier, comte de Chavigny, secretary of state for
See also:foreign affairs, on various
See also:diplomatic errands . He was to have been sent on an
See also:embassy to Rome, but spent the
See also:money allotted for the purpose in Paris . This weakened his position with Chavigny, from whom he parted in the winter of 1643-1644 . To restore his fallen fortunes he married a
See also:rich widow, but the
See also:alliance was of
See also:short duration . He joined in the pamphlet war against
See also:Pierre de Montmaur, against whom he directed his satire, Bellum parasiticum (1644) . He was accused of writing satires on
See also:Mazarin, and for a short
See also:time gave up the practice of
See also:verse . In 1648, supported by the
See also:cardinal de Retz and Madame de Longueville, he entered the
See also:household of Armand de Bourbon,
See also:prince de Conti, whose
See also:marriage with Mazarin's niece he helped to negotiate .
He died offever at
See also:Pezenas, in
See also:Languedoc on the 5th of
See also:December 1654 . His biographers have variously stated on inadequate evidence that his
See also:death was caused by the prince de Conti in a moment of passion, or that he was poisoned by a jealous
See also:husband . The most considerable of his poems were the epic fragments of Rollon conquerant, la guerre espagnole, with Dulot vaincu and the Pompe funebre in
See also:honour of Voiture . As a poet he was overrated, but he was the author of two excellent pieces of
See also:prose narration, the Histoire du
See also:siege de Dunkerque (1649) and the unfinished Conspiration de Walstein (1651) . The Walstein has been compared for elegance and simplicity of
See also:style to Voltaire's
See also:Charles XII . His CEuvres appeared in 1656, Nouvelles CEuvres (2 vols.) in 1674 . His Poesies were edited in 1877 by Octave Uzanne with an
See also:introductory note . Much of his
See also:correspondence is preserved in the library of the
See also:Arsenal, Paris . See
See also:Albert Mennung's
See also:Francois Sarasins Leben and Werke (2 vols.,
See also:Halle, 1902-1904) .
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