Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord (1754-1838) came into the world disinherited, abandoned, and handicapped. Deserted by all, and in his mind beholden to no one, Talleyrand embarked on a colorful career marked by personal and political betrayal. He first became a bishop, but soon betrayed the Church. He then became the minister of foreign affairs under the directorate and engineered the coup that brought Napoleon to power, but soon thereafter he betrayed Napoleon, too. Talleyrand began essentially as a crippled, penniless aristocrat and rose to prominence as a master manipulator of human nature. His amazing story is told here as a series of reminiscences by the man himself, reassessing and celebrating the exploits of a truly extraordinary historical figure.
Original title: The Third Lion
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European