The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661

The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661

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This controversial study takes the provocative line that the French monarchy was a complete success. James turns the idea of royal 'absolutism' on its head by redefining the French monarchy's success from 1598 - 1661. The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 maintains that building blocks were not being laid by the so-called architects of absolutism, but that by satisfying long-established, traditional ambitions, cardinal ministers Richelieu and Mazarin undoubtedly made the confident, ambitious reign of the late century possible.show more

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  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 11.18mm | 385g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138837059
  • 9781138837058

About Alan James

Alan James is a lecturer in the Laughton Naval History Unit of the Department of War Studies, King's College London. His is author of The Navy and Government in Early Modern France, 1572-1661 (Boydell, 2004) for which he was awarded the prize of 'Best Young Academic Author of the Year' by the college.show more

Table of contents

Introduction to the Series Acknowledgements Chronology Map: France in 1620 Introduction PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND 1. EARLY BOURBON MONARCHY The 'Peace' Of Nantes The Recovery Of Royal Authority The Early Reign Of Louis XIII PART TWO: ANALYSIS 2. RELIGION The Catholic Reformation The Cardinal Ministers The Huguenots Jansenism 3. WAR Early Aims and Ambitions France in the Thirty Years' War, 1635-48 Mazarin and the Peace Of The Pyrenees, 1648-59 4. GOVERNMENT Popular Rebellion Money Officers of the Crown Fronde of the Parlement, 1648-49 Personal Government 5. SOCIAL ORDER The Fronde of the Nobles, 1650-53 Louis XIII and the Nobility Historians and the Nobility The Dynastic State PART THREE: ASSESSMENT 6. THE ORIGINS OF FRENCH ABSOLUTISM? The Fouquet-Colbert Rivalry The End Of Government By First Minister? The Golden Years, 1559-61 PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS Who's Who Further Reading References Glossary Indexshow more

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