Le Tellier, Michel

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Le Tellier, Michel

(mēshĕl` lə tĕlyā`), 1603–85, French statesman. A minister of state under Cardinal MazarinMazarin, Jules
, 1602–61, French statesman, cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, b. Italy. His original name was Giulio Mazarini. After serving in the papal army and diplomatic service and as nuncio at the French court (1634–36), he entered the service of France
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, he became war minister in 1643. He later shared his duties with his son, the marquis de LouvoisLouvois, François Michel Le Tellier, marquis de
, 1641–91, French statesman, minister during the reign of King Louis XIV. After 1654 he was associated in office with his father, Michel Le Tellier, and from 1666 he functioned as war minister, officially replacing his
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. At the time of his death he was chancellor of France.
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The fact that Couperin played the organ at St Gervais on the occasion of the funeral rites for Michel Le Tellier does not in itself justify the inclusion of both the description of the ceremony found in the Mercure galant and Bossuet's eulogy.
Able, energetic, and resourceful, Louvois was well suited to continue his father's work as minister of war, and Louis XIV valued his talents highly; while he was not as brilliant an innovator as Michel le Tellier, his administrative abilities brought his father's reforms to fruition and sustained the quality of the French army.
Sources: Andre, Louis, Michel le Tellier et Louvois, Paris, 1942.