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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: Introduction to the SeriesAcknowledgementsChronologyMap: France in 1620IntroductionPART ONE: THE BACKGROUND1. EARLY BOURBON MONARCHY The 'Peace ' Of Nantes The Recovery Of Royal Authority The Early Reign Of Louis XIII PART TWO: ANALYSIS2. RELIGION The Catholic ReformationThe Cardinal MinistersThe HuguenotsJansenism3. WAREarly Aims and AmbitionsFrance in the Thirty Years' War, 1635-48Mazarin and the Peace Of The Pyrenees, 1648-594. GOVERNMENTPopular RebellionMoneyOfficers of the CrownFronde of the Parlement, 1648-49Personal Government5. SOCIAL ORDERThe Fronde of the Nobles, 1650-53Louis XIII and the NobilityHistorians and the NobilityThe Dynastic StatePART THREE: ASSESSMENT6. THE ORIGINS OF FRENCH ABSOLUTISM?The Fouquet-Colbert RivalryThe End Of Government By First Minister?The Golden Years, 1559-61PART FOUR: DOCUMENTSWho 's WhoFurther Reading ReferencesGlossaryIndex. Bookseller Inventory #

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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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Each book in the Seminar Studies in History series provides a concise and reliable introduction to complex events and debates. Written by acknowledged experts and supported by extracts from historical documents, a chronology, glossary, who’s who of key figures and guide to further reading, Seminar Studies in History are the essential guides to understanding a topic.

 

In 1598, France emerged exhausted from nearly forty years of damaging civil and religious warfare.  By 1661 this same country was the leading power in Europe and set to embark on one of the most celebrated periods of its history.  The system of government founded during this period became known to historians as royal ‘absolutism’. It was closely associated with both Cardinal Richelieu and his successor Cardinal Mazarin who, in turn, were seen as instrumental in brokering the changes that took place within both government and society at this time.

 

Alan James argues that there was no conscious plan to modernise France or to create a new, more centralised and bureaucratic form of government. Instead the ministries of Richelieu and Mazarin were based on the traditional values of religion, war, and privilege. Organised thematically, the book examines the key priorities of government in turn to come to an assessment of the success of French absolutism, defined in its own terms.

 

 

 

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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