Gaspar de Guzman, Count of Olivares, Duke of San Lucar (January 6, 1587 - July 22, 1645) was the chief minister of the Spanish king, Philip IV. Guzman worked to centralize the Spanish government; in part, by undermining the power of the Catholic Church and the aristocracy. Guzman was born in Rome, the son of a Spanish ambassador.


  • "God wants us to make peace; for He is depriving us...of all the means of war."