Louis that his own friends and subjects were more charmed by the finance minister than by the king himself

from Robert Greene – Law 1: Never Outshine the Master - Interpretation of Transgression on Rap Genius

Meaning

Louis had a right to feel this way since many of the guests were in fact more loyal to Fouquet and thought of him as much more magnificent than the young king who was only about 22 at this time. This is demonstrated by the great number of nobles and artisans that spoke out against the kingdom during Fouquet’s trial.

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