by Vince Hawkins François de Neufville was born in 1644 in France, the son of Nicolas de Neufville, the Marquis of Villeroi. François came from a noble family that had risen to prominence during the reign of King Charles IX. His father, a marshal of France, had been made a duke by King Louis XIV, and served as the young king’s governor. Being thus brought up at the royal court, François developed a close and friendly relationship with Louis. [text_ad] Destined for a military career, Vi


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