The New Student's Reference Work/La Rochefoucauld, François, Duc de
La Rochefoucauld (la rō̇sh′fo͝o′kō′), François, Duc de, was born at Paris, Sept. 15, 1613, of an old family. His father was made a duke by Louis XIII in 1625. He entered the army when a boy, and at 17 was present at the siege of Casal. He supported Queen Anne against Richelieu, and consequently was driven into exile from 1639 to 1642. He returned to the country, and wrote his Memoirs. On Mazarin's death in 1661 he returned to court, and met De Sablé. His Moral Maxims appeared in 1665. His last years were brightened by his friendship with Mme. de La Fayette, which lasted until he died at Paris, March 17, 1680.