Henry IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society, 1589-1610

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This book is the first serious study of Henry IV's relationship with the towns of France and offers an in-depth analysis of a crucial aspect of his craft of kingship. Set in the context of the later Wars of Religion, it examines Henry's achievement in reforging an alliance with the towns by comparing his relationship with Catholic League, royalist and Protestant towns.
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Overview

This book is the first serious study of Henry IV's relationship with the towns of France and offers an in-depth analysis of a crucial aspect of his craft of kingship. Set in the context of the later Wars of Religion, it examines Henry's achievement in reforging an alliance with the towns by comparing his relationship with Catholic League, royalist and Protestant towns.
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"Owing to its clear thesis and solid archival foundation, this book will be the benchmark by which all future research on the subject will be assessed." Religious Studies Review

"Henry IV and the Towns is well researched and clearly written. It is a welcome addition for historians and graduate students interested in Henry IV's reign, urban history, and the evolution of French absolutism." Dalia M. Leonardo

"...important new study...Finley-Crosswhite's book presents us with a richly nuanced interpretation of perhaps the most significant moment of transition in the evolution of the early modern French state and political culture. Through careful argumentation backed by solic documentation, Finley-Crosswhite offers scholars and students alike new insight into the dynamics of early Bourbon rule in France following the chaos of the Wars of Religion. As such, it stands as a significant contribution to the field that this reviewer highly recommends." Sixteenth Century Journal

"A. Annette Finley-Crosswhite offers a study that puts her in the ranks of revisionist historians who seek 'to understand absolute monarchy as it was in practice, rather than as it was in judicial theory'. Her argument is believable because of the extensive archival research upon which it is based. Her careful exploration of individual incidencts and situations makes the book extremely readable and it is recommended for all scholars interested in early modern French history." American Historical Review

"A selective case study of various French towns solidly based on research in a number of municipal archives, this carefully crafted work is a model of modern scholarship and deserves an educated readership. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice

"Scholars of the period will welcome this useful and expertly rendered edition." Journal of Modern History

"...this carefully crafted work is a model of modern scholarship and deserves an educated readership." Choice

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 France in the 1580s and 1590s 10
2 Brokering clemency in 1594: the case of Amiens 23
3 Henry IV's ceremonial entries: the remaking of a king 47
4 Henry IV and municipal franchises in Catholic League towns 63
5 Henry IV and municipal franchises in royalist and Protestant towns 88
6 Clientage and clemency: the making of municipal officials 122
7 Urban protest in Poitiers and Limoges: the pancarte riots 139
8 Municipal finance and debt: the case of Lyons 162
Conclusion: Henry IV, urban autonomy, and French absolutism 182
Bibliography 187
Index 215
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