Séguier, Pierre, duc de Villemor
Séguier, Pierre, duc de Villemor(pyĕr sāgyā` dük də vēlmôr`), 1588–1672, chancellor of France. Beginning as counselor to the Parlement of Paris, he rose to become chancellor in 1635. He crushed a revolt in Normandy in 1639, presided (1642) over the trial of the marquis de Cinq MarsCinq Mars, Henri Coëffier Ruzé d'Effiat, marquis de
, 1620–42, French conspirator. Introduced at court by Cardinal Richelieu at an early age, Cinq Mars rapidly rose in King Louis XIII's favor and was made master of the horse.
..... Click the link for more information. , and in 1661 arraigned Nicholas FouquetFouquet or Foucquet, Nicolas
, 1615–80, superintendent of finance (1653–61) under King Louis XIV of France. His loyalty to Cardinal Mazarin during the Fronde helped to secure his position.
..... Click the link for more information. on charges of embezzlement at the start of a trial that ended in Fouquet's being condemned (1664) to banishment and eventually, life imprisonment. A friend of Cardinal Mazarin, he was instrumental in having the Parlement accept Anne of Austria as regent for her infant son, Louis XIV.