The Sun of Rocroi- A better Grand Condé"The purple of the Prince or the sword in the service of the Prince... These two ideals of greatness can only be achieved if one or the other is chosen. "
-Louis XIII on his deathbed addressing the Grand Condé before the latter's triumph at Rocroi (1643).
"It is difficult to sum up France's military history in so few words. It has known so many wars, battles, great generals in the service of powerful monarchs that it is difficult to choose the person who forged the nation the most. However, if we were to choose just one, we would have to choose the first marshal of the Sun King. The one who, through his talent, sowed the seeds of the French world power to come, the most faithful among the faithful, the foundation on which France has rested for the past four centuries: The Grand Condé. "
-An excerpt from the book "Le Soleil de Rocroi" by Joseph de Laugier.