Belleisle, Charles Louis Auguste Fouquet, Count of

Belleisle, Charles Louis Auguste Fouquet, Count of, marshal of France; distinguished in the war of the Spanish Succession; an ambitious man, mainly to blame for the Austrian Succession war; had grand schemes in his head, no less than the supremacy in Europe and the world of France, warranting the risk; expounded them to Frederick the Great; concluded a fast and loose treaty with him, which could bind no one; found himself blocked up in Prague with his forces; had to force his way out and retreat, but it was a retreat the French boast comparable only to the retreat of the Ten Thousand; was made War Minister after, and wrought important reforms in the army (1684-1761). See Carlyle's “Frederick” for a graphic account of him and his schemes, specially in Bk. xii. chap. ix.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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