chapter  1
THE RISE TO POWER OF ANDRE-HERCULE DE FLEURY
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This was an achievement by any standards, but for an outsider whose origins lay with a family of modest provincial origins, it was extraordinary. The rise to power of the cardinal de Fleury is an instructive example of social mobility within the parameters of the socio-political system of the ancien régime. Unusual in that he came

further on a longer trajectory than his contemporaries, it nevertheless involved all those elements necessary, in that political system, for advancement.