Séguier, Pierre, duc de Villemor

Séguier, Pierre, duc de Villemor

Séguier, Pierre, duc de Villemor (pyĕr sāgyāˈ dük də vēlmôrˈ), 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 Mars, and in 1661 arraigned Nicholas Fouquet 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.
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