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In 1661, following the passing of the Cardinal Mazarin, (born July 14, 1602, Pescina, Abruzzi, Kingdom of Naples [now in Italy]—died March 9, 1661, Vincennes, France), Nicola Fouquet was chosen to succeed to the position of prime minister of France while the king, Louis XIV Le Roi Soleil (born Sept. 5, 1638, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France—died Sept. 1, 1715, Versailles), king of France (1643–1715) was still very young. By the spring of this year in 1661, his chateau at Vaux was well underway. And on August 17th 1661 of this very year, Fouquet hosted a great celebration to mark his success and to inaugurate his residence there, and also to affirm the succession of the king. Towards the end of the day at 18:00 hours, the king and his noble members arrived at Vaux. The young Louis XIV and his court members rested till the heat of the mid August day dissipated. The very well known Chef, François Vatel (1631, Paris– April 24, 1671) whose job it was to put on feasts and spectacles for the pleasure of royalty prepared a sumptuous dinner in honour of the king accompanied by music on this day. The king born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, in a small-modified fortress without much charm, which still exists today, had no fixed residence of his own during this period. Seeing the splendour of the edifice much more elegant and sumptuous than his own residence at Saint-Germain-en-laye, the young king was not at all pleased to see Fouquet’s new residence at Vaux-le-Vicomte. He had the urge to put Fouquet under arrest on the spot, but was persuaded by his mother Anne d’autriche (22 September 1601 – 20 January 1666) to wait for a more politically suited time. Moliere‘s play “Les facheux”(The unfortunates) debuted in the presence of the king. At one o’clock, a great fire works display was presented in the garden; the festivities seem to have gone very successfully. However, in spite of Fouquet‘s effort to please the king, he ended up making the 22-year-old Louis XIV very jealous and furious.

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