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Talleyrand

Politician and Diplomat Talleyrand

Full Name: Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
Profession: Politician and Diplomat

Nationality:
France
French

Why Famous: While Talleyrand's career began as a bishop, he quickly worked his way to the highest levels of the French government. Under Louis XVI, the French Revolution, Napoleon, Louis XVIII, and Louis-Philippe, he typically served as the foreign minister or in other diplomatic roles. He was Napoleon's chief diplomat during his conquest of Europe.

Even those who saw him as a traitor couldn't deny the skill with which he carried out his office. Klemens von Metternich, the Austrian foreign minister and chancellor, once described him as a "sharp edged instrument, with which it is dangerous to play", and his name has since become a metaphor for a particularly resourceful and masterful statesman.

Born: February 2, 1754
Birthplace: Paris, France
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: May 17, 1838 (aged 84)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Events in the Life of Talleyrand

  • 1815-07-09 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord takes office as the first Prime Minister of France
  • 1815-09-26 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord resigns as Prime Minister of France

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