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During his time as a minister he was able to great extent to fulfill his clear-cut plan to create astrong state and an absolute monarchy Richelieu achieved this goal through several courses of action One such implementation was that he established a church utterly loyal to the monarchy In fact the French state had far more extensive control over the revenue of the church than in any other Catholic country Richelieu had achieved this goal in part by neutralizing the Huguenots by taking away their places of safty including their strongest place La Rochelle He claimed the Huguenots had to be been ruined but this was not so in the direct sense of the word He did so by tolerating religious differences in order to preserve national unity Although the Premier Minister considered the noblesse as a vital factor in the state machine he foresaw the danger of those nobles that were considering themselves excluded from a share of central power and thus could revert to territorial independence Contrary to the intention of Richelieu to consolidate sovereignty their whole life was a defiance of sovereign law In his attempt to impose an absolute monarchy the divine right of kings in France Cardinal Richelieu decided to deprive the Huguenots of all political freedom even in their fortified cities In reaction the Huguenots decided in 1621 to resume the Religious Wars The extermination of the Huguenots was a favourite project with Cardinal Richelieu and it was at his instigation that the second siege of Rochelle was undertaken Despite Huguenot opposition Richelieu took their last fortified city La Rochelle on October 28th 1628 Five years after Henry the Fourths formal abjuration of the Protestant faith in 1593 he secured to the French Protestants their religious liberty by the Edict of Nantes which guaranteed religious and political rights to the Huguenots It brought an end to the Wars of Religion The Huguenots were allowed to practice
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