Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

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Talleyrand, deawing by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (February 2, 1754 - May 17, 1838) was a French diplomat. He was a bishop and worked successfully for Louis XVI. He changed sides and served the French Revolution and Napoleon I. When Napoleon started losing his wars, Talleyrand changed sides again and served Louis XVIII and Louis-Philippe. Since the beginning of the 19th century he was known simply as Talleyrand. He is widely seen as one of the most versatile and influential diplomats in European history, although he was known to accept bribes from other European powers, especially while serving under Napoleon.

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