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Overview

The reign of Louis XII (1498-1515) has been much neglected by historians. Bernard Chevalier has recently described it as belonging to a "no man's land where neither the medievalists nor the modernists dare to penetrate." Overshadowed by the spectacular rule of his successor Francis I, Louis XII has been oddly passed over. While not in the front rank of French monarchs, Louis XII, "The Father of the People, " remains an interesting and appealing figure. The events of his reign were highly significant to the future of the French state: from the unremittingly brutal Italian campaigns to Henry VIII's invasion, from Louis's disputes with the Papacy to his marriages' political complications. France's church, legal system, and cultural life (most markedly the introduction of the Renaissance) were all subject to significant change, and many of the achievements commonly associated with Francis I were in fact rooted in those of his predecessor. This is a lucid and highly readable account of a fascinating period in French history and is essential to a clear understanding of sixteenth-century France.

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Library Journal
King of France from 1498 to 1515, Louis XII is portrayed in the Cloisters' Unicorn Tapestries with Anne of Brittany. Baumgartner, in the first English biography of Louis, omits this fact, but his account of their marriage (the second for each) makes very interesting reading, as does Louis's early life and reign generally. Responsible for justice, prosperity, and tranquillity in France, for invasions of Italy, and for the Renaissance transformation of the Chteau de Blois, this king, called "Father of the People," has been neglected by historians. Baumgartner (history, Virginia Polytechnic & State Univ., and the author of Henry II, Duke Univ. Pr., 1988) gives a strong case for Louis in this work. Recommended for all French history collections.-R. James Tobin, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Milwaukee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312161736
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

FREDERIC J. BAUMGARTNER is Professor of History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Maps xi
1. At Last a Son 1
2. Prince of Blood 13
3. Rebel Prince 27
4. Le Roi est mort! Vive le Roi! 39
5. The Reign Begins 55
6. Matters Matrimonial 71
7. Monarchy, Ministers, and Money 83
8. Vive le Duc de Milan! 105
9. A Kingdom Won, a Kingdom Lost 119
10. Father of Claude, Father of the People 135
11. The Springtime of the French Renaissance 153
12. Head of the Gallican Church 169
13. Back to Italy 183
14. Ministers and Money in the Late Reign 199
15. Pere du Peuple versus Papa Terribilis 209
16. Last Acts 229
17. Legacy 245
Appendix The Monetary System 255
Abbreviations and Short Titles Used in the Notes 256
Notes 257
Bibliography 295
Index 305
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