Louis would not admit this to anyone, of course--instead, he found a convenient excuse to rid himself of a man who had inadvertently made him feel insecure.

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


Although this grand party was no doubt the tipping point, historians agree that Louis had decided Fouquet’s fate as early as 3 months before the event..

It is important to point out that nearly every political position had been embezzling funds from the kingdom, an act that was made acceptable to an extent by Fouquet’s mentor Cardinal Mazarin. This, in part, prevented Louis from arresting Fouquet for some time until the party, which served as an outright example of Fouquet’s embezzling with a simple twisting of the books.

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