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Spanning France's development across four centuries, Capetian France, 987-1328, 2e 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. 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 and 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. It 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. Readers interested in Medieval or French history.
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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 (
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'a treasury of reference...can be warmly recommended'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582489103
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Language: French
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures and Tables ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgements xiii
List of Abbreviations xv
1 French Society in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries 1
Introduction 1
The French economy and society 7
The structure of power 15
Political developments of the tenth century 25
Notes 31
2 Politics and Society: A Regional View 33
Introduction 33
The principalities: north 37
The principalities: south 68
Notes 80
3 The Early Capetians, 987-1108 83
Introduction 83
The kings and their reigns 87
The foundations of royal power 102
The kings and the church 129
Notes 141
4 The Revival of Royal Power, 1108-1226 145
Introduction 145
The kings and their reigns 149
French society, 1108-1226 178
The rise of the French monarchy, 1108-1226 203
The kings and the church 245
Notes 257
5 Louis IX: The Consolidation of Royal Power, 1226-70 263
Introduction 263
The reign of Louis IX 267
French society in the thirteenth century 289
Louis IX and the church 298
The consolidation of royal power 309
Notes 346
6 The Last Capetians, 1270-1328: The Apogee of Royal Power 351
Introduction 351
The kings and their reigns 353
The French economy and society 367
The nature of royal power 375
The kings and the church 398
Notes 416
7 Conclusion 421
The succession and the Hundred Years War 421
The rise of the Capetians: some general perspectives 422
The French kingdom and European society 425
Select Bibliography 427
Index 453
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