The statue brings up memories of the history of Jacques Coeur. He was born in Bourges (1394-1456), and was a financier and merchant who became master of the mint (Grand Argentier) under Charles V, where he unified the coinage of the country. He prospered by his development of French trade with the Levant and had many associates carefully located for that purpose. (He and they were not of the nobility). He continued successful in everything but was brought down by false accusations, tried and imprisoned for life in 1453, His associates engineered his escape. He became an advisor to the Pope in Rome and died on a Crusade in 1456. He did not see the completion of his retirement palace but installed many comforts there not seen in mansions before. This statue in his honor stands in a square before his mansion.