Civil war weakened frnace to point where it was unclear if france would survice. Most subtle of subtle grace served stupid king. Horrible human being but created french couisine. Had no idea how to be king. Recognized shortcomings, searched for someone who would deliver. Tarred with the brush of marie de medici and poncini. Seemed as though france was going to enter civil war again, one side led by marie, one by boy king. Kings advisors thought of richelieu as someone who had the queens ear, risk everything for peace, success. Negotiated and convinced her not to wage war. Louis xiii stupid but knew he was stupid. Fortified sea port of la rochelle huguenot stronghold. Didn"t want anyone getting in to challenge french supremacy. Huguenots paid no attention ot kings laws, invited english in to protect them, captured royal french ships, paid no attention to united france. Rich swore to king that he would deal with them.