“Jean-François-Paul de Gondi, Le Cardinal de Retz” by Robert Nanteuil.  1650.  From Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jean-François de Gondi (1584 – March 1654) was the first archbishop of Paris, from 1622 to 1654.

He was a member of the Gondi family, which had held the bishopric of Paris for nearly a century, and would continue to do so after him. Jean-François succeeded his brother Henri de Gondi. Following his death in Paris, he was succeeded by his nephew Jean-François Paul de Gondi, cardinal of Retz.

John Evelyn visited the house of the archbishop on Saturday 27 February 1644.

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