What Were Cardinal Richelieu’s Primary Aims?

Cardinal Richelieu(1585-1642), was a chief minister and clergyman of France, who was an important French figure during his lifetime. He was able to separate his religious and pious self from his political self, which in many ways made him more of an effective chief minister. But like most political figures he had aims or goals that he wanted to attain; what were his primary aims?

Cardinal Richelieu’s primary aims included: the centralization of power in France, and the opposition against the Habsburgs, who were a royal family ruling Spain and Austria. In general his main aims had to do with increasing the power in the French government. Thus, these were his primary aims.

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