Richelieu Plays Bridge

by: Robert F. MacKinnon

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The author of last year's cult bridge classic, Samurai Bridge, returns with another bridge novel, this time set in 17th century France. Through the medium of fictional bridge games, we see the politics and intrigue of the French court play out, and follow Cardinal Richelieu's career as he becomes the queen's confidant and the real power behind the throne. Again in MacKinnon's second novel, the bridge is deftly woven into the everyday life of the culture we are observing, so that it seems to take its natural place in the development of character and events. Nobles rise and fall in court favour, fortunes are made and lost, and life and death affairs are planned and executed, all between the bids and plays of the most deadly and mannered bridge games imaginable.

Critics’ Viewpoint

'Well worth a look, if bridge books featuring historical figures is a genre you enjoy.'

— ACBL Bulletin

'Once in while, something different comes along, and this is it - a medley of secretive romance, political maneuverings and bridge action. The bridge hands are interesting, the analysis is sound, and there are some excellent political jokes.'

— Bridge Plus


Robert F. MacKinnon
Robert F. MacKinnon
Robert F. MacKinnon (Victoria, Canada) is a retired mathematician whose work has appeared in a number of bridge magazines. He has written two bridge novels, including the remarkable Samurai Bridge, as well as the best-selling (!) Bridge, Probability and Information. He conducts a blog on the mathematics of bridge on

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 23 March, 2010.

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