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Talleyrand

The French statesman Prince Charles Maurice Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838) was a dazzling personality. A military career was denied him because of a crippled foot. Already at the age of 34, he served as bishop of Autun, but was banned by the Pope because of his anti-church activities. He also lived for several years as an emigrant in America and practiced the post of foreign minister under the board of directors after returning to his homeland Napoleon (1769-1821). From 1806 he opposed the Emperor and was under the Bourbons again Minister. At the Congress of Vienna in 1814/1815 he decisively influenced the reorganization of Europe. Talleyrand was a keen wine lover and also owner of the famous Château Haut-Brion in the area Graves,

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