Choiseul, César, comte Du Plessis-Praslin, duc de

Choiseul, César, comte Du Plessis-Praslin, duc de

(sāzär` kôNt dü plĕsē-prälăN` dük də shwäzöl`), 1598–1675, marshal of France, diplomat, and soldier. He served as ambassador to Turin and commanded the army in Lombardy during the Thirty Years War. In the FrondeFronde
, 1648–53, series of outbreaks during the minority of King Louis XIV, caused by the efforts of the Parlement of Paris (the chief judiciary body) to limit the growing authority of the crown; by the personal ambitions of discontented nobles; and by the grievances of
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 he sided with Cardinal Mazarin and defeated the vicomte de TurenneTurenne, Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, vicomte de
, 1611–75, marshal of France, one of the greatest of French commanders. The son of the duc de Bouillon, he was brought up as a Protestant. He began his military career in the Dutch army but soon entered French service.
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 at Rethel (1650). Choiseul negotiated the Anglo-French alliance of 1670.
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