Return to Armand de Vignerot du Plessis de Richelieu d'Aiguillon (person)

[French] [nobleman]. Born [1761], died [1800]. Son of [Emmanuel Armand de Vignerot du Plessis de Richelieu d'Aiguillon].

As the second-greatest [landowner] in [France] (only excelled by the [king]), d'Aiguillon was elected to the [Estates-General] in [1789]. On [August 4, 1789], d'Aiguillon spearheaded a proposal to remove the [feudal] [privileges] of the [nobility], a move which caused him to be perceived as a [traitor] by the [nobles].

He held the rank of [Marshal] in the [French Army] until [August 10, 1792], when he had to leave France because his [political sympathies] were "[suspect]". He went into [exile] in [Hamburg], [Germany], where he lived until his death.

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