The Crisis of France and Talleyrand

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The Crisis of France and Talleyrand: Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord (in short, Talleyrand) was born in February 1754 in Paris into a family background of power, ancient nobility, and wealth since his father held a high position in the French Royal army. Since his childhood, Talleyrand suffered from certain physical distortion in the feet that contributed to an impaired physical mobility. As a result, he had some limitations on his possible future career to an extent that he was formally stripped of some of his birth rights. At some stage in his life, Talleyrand became one of the few Catholic Church bishops who subscribed to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy with which the National Constituent Assembly wanted to exercise authority over the Catholic Church in France ("The Diplomacy of Talleyrand", n.d.). After siding with the third state, Talleyrand proceeded to assist the Revolutionaries nationalize church property and stop Catholicism from being the state religion. While he earned ex-communication from the church by Pope Pius VI, the move secured him favor from certain quarters. During this period, Talleyrand was carrying out a secret correspondence with King Louis XVI in attempts to encourage him to accept a restricted monarchy and use force against the rabble. While the timid king refused the attempts, Talleyrand was sent to Britain to enhance the image of the Revolution. Upon his return to push for an upgrade of the mission, Talleyrand found that things had
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