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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 11.18mm | 386g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138837059
  • 9781138837058

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

Index
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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.
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