Capetian France 987-1328 / Edition 2

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Overview

In 987, when Hugh Capet took the throne of France, founding a dynasty which was to rule for over 300 years, his kingdom was weak and insignificant. But by 1100, the kingdom of France was beginning to dominate the cultural nd religious life of western Europe. In the centuries that followed, to scholars and to poets, to reforming churchmen and monks, to crusaders and the designers of churches, France was the hub of the universe. La douce France drew people like a magnet even though its kings were, until about 1200, comparatively insignificant figures. Then, thanks to the conquests and reforms of King Philip Augustus, France became a dominant force in political and economic terms as well, producing a saint-king, Louis IX, and in Philip IV, a ruler so powerful that he could dictate to popes and emperors. Spanning France's development across four centuries, Capetian France is a definitive book. This second edition has been carefully revised to take account of the very latest work, without losing the original book's popular balance between a compelling narrative and an fascinating examination of the period's main themes.

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'a treasury of reference...can be warmly recommended'
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This is a solid, albeit old-fashioned, history, one which keeps the political changes at the fore, eschewing trends of the past forty years that seek to present the viewpoints of those not in power. The country of France is treated in detail in the chapter on regional trends; the rest of the book describes the kings, their reigns and responsibilities. Hallam (director of public services, public record office, National Archives, London) and Everard (history, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge), perhaps under the influence of an editor, have divided their work into very short (often two or three sentences) paragraphs which greatly inhibits the flow of this otherwise competent work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582404281
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/30/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures and Tables Preface Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations 1. French Society in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries 2. Politics and Society: A Regional Vies 3. The Early Capetians, 987-1108 4. The Revival of Royal Power, 1108-1226 5. Louis IX: The Consolidation of Royal Power, 1226-70 6. The Last Capetians, 1270-1328: The Apogee of Royal Power 7. Conclusion Select bibliography Index

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    This is a wonderful book, deeply researched, and generally very well written. There does seem to be a slight bias against the French and the idea that they actually might have believed their country worth fighting for. Perhaps it is just me but it seemed so. I did not like the internal diagrams with the "slash" marks identifying certain areas, with the name of the area overtyped, because the overtyping blended with the slash marks making it very difficult to separate and read and I have 20/20 vision. I also did not like the italicized portions of the book either in words, phrases, or paragraphs because the print (of those portions) was so light, it blended into the page, making it difficult to read at normal speed. These might have been printer related problems which is certainly not the author's fault. It did detract from the book but does not effect the quality of the material. Overall, I love the book and it will certainly be retained for future use as reference material. It is enlightening and provocative in the coverage of the establishment of society within the period and is very illuminating when relating the interactions between the secular and spiritual. When one imagines how it might have been to have been there, this book inspires one to imagine that we would have had the strength and endurance they demonstrated over the years. Our ancestors were not perfect but they are to be applauded for their sustained efforts. This is a story of your history. It is a book you will not want to miss. It is highly technical but no less enjoyable. You will not regret your purchase.

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