Exile, Imprisonment, or Death: The Politics of Disgrace in Bourbon France, 1610-1789

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On the accession of Louis XIII in 1610 following the assassination of his father, the Bourbon dynasty stood on unstable foundations. For all of Henri IV's undoubted achievements, he had left his son a realm that was still prey to the ambitions of an aristocracy that possessed independent military force and was prepared to resort to violence and vendetta in order to defend its interests and honour. To establish his personal authority, Louis XIII was forced to resort to conspiracy and murder, and even then his authority was constantly challenged. Yet a little over a century later, as the reign of Louis XIV drew to a close, such disobedience was impossible. Instead, a simple royal command expressing the sovereign's disgrace was sufficient to compel the most powerful men and women in the kingdom to submit to imprisonment or internal exile without a trial or an opportunity to justify their conduct, abandoning their normal lives, leaving families, careers, offices, and possessions behind in obedience to their sovereign. To explain that transformation, this volume examines the development of this new 'politics of disgrace', why it emerged, how it was conceptualised, the conventions that governed its use, and reactions to it, not only from the perspective of the monarch and his noble subjects, but also the great corporations of the realm and the wider public. Although that new model of disgrace proved remarkably successful, influencing the ideas and actions of the dominant social elites, it was nevertheless contested, and the critique of disgrace connects to the second aim of this work, which is to use shifting attitudes to the practice as a means of investigating the nature of Ancien Regime political culture and some of the dramatic and profound changes it experienced in the years separating Louis XIII's dramatic seizure of power from the French Revolution.

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Julian Swann has taught at Birkbeck College, University of London, since 1989. He is the author of Politics and the Parlement of Paris under Louis XV, 1754-1774 and Provincial power and absolute monarchy: the Estates General of Burgundy, 1661-1790 as well as many articles on the political and administrative history of early modern France. His next project is to complete a biography of Louis XV.

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"Julian Swann's latest monograph is a timely contribution... he has managed to identify and explore lucidly so many facets of early modern disgrace, seemingly exhaustively, is in itself laudable." -- Adam Horsley, The Seventeenth Century.


"[S]tunning new book....Swann now breaks free of the shackles of revisionism to present an utterly fresh and illuminating study of the Ancien Regime political society, which demonstrates why absolute monarchy was unable to achieve serious reform and why so few lamented its passing....His original contribution is to have uncovered the preponderant role played by political disgrace in that story."--Stuart Carroll, Journal of Early Modern History


"This significant scholarly contribution to early modern French history and the political foundations of the French Revolution is most likely to appeal to academic audiences....Highly recommended."--CHOICE


"Julian Swann's reflective and fine study of the political culture of ancien regime France gives us different questions to aks, and more to go on."--Times Literary Supplement


"[A] well researched, masterful study. Clearly anyone who hopes to understand the dynamics of French court politics and its culture cannot afford to overlook it....[D]isgrace was central to the politics of the French court during the early modern period. Now it has received its historian."--Thomas E. Kaiser, The Court Historian


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