Philibert Babou

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Not to be confused with his son Cardinal Philibert Babou de la Bourdaisière (1513–1570).

Philibert Babou (c. 1484–1557) was a cryptographer[1] and minister of finance for Francis I. Mayor of Tours in 1520, he was appointed trésorier in 1523, with powers to collect and distribute much of the king's revenue.[2]

Francis I king of France, took his wife Marie Gaudin as a mistress,[1] and from 1520 he built Château de la Bourdaisière for her.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kahn, David (1996). The Codebreakers. Scribner. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-684-83130-5.
  2. ^ Knecht, R. J, (1984). Francis I. Cambridge University Press. pp. 129–30. ISBN 978-0-521-27887-4.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2010-11-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)