Born to the merchant class, Jacques Coeur, after a brilliant career as a trader, was summoned to the court of Charles VII and appointed Master of the Mint in 1436. From this position he rose to become the King of France’s visionary First Banker who, with his tours of the Far East, his criticism of the Crusades, and his efforts to develop trade, contributed to bringing France out of darkness toward the Renaissance and modernity. Coeur was, at one time, the wealthiest man in France, but at the height of his success, disgrace and imprisonment at the hands of his enemies threatened. His ill-considered infatuation with Agnès Sorel, King Charles VII’s favorite mistress, precipitated Coeur’s fall from grace. In Rufin’s delicious prose this remarkable true story becomes a gripping tale of adventure, a novel of ideas, and a moving love story.
“The Dream Maker is both a chivalric odyssey and a brilliant reflection on power.”—Lire
“This novel blends politics, business, travel and love. All of this in Jean-Christophe Rufin’s elegant prose.”—Le JDD
“Rufin bestows such immediacy to this artist of finance, such vitality, that we hear the sound of Coeur’s own voice telling us his life.”—Télérama
“In this time of the dehumanization of the economy and the forced globalization, Rufin offers his readers a return to the origins, to when commerce was considered one of man’s most beautiful accomplishments.” —Philippe Chevilley, Les Echos
Jean-Christophe Rufin is one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders and a former Ambassador of France in Senegal. He has written numerous bestsellers, including The Abyssinian, for which he won the Goncourt Prize for a debut novel in 1997. He also won the Goncourt Prize in 2001 for Brazil Red.