Mazarin: The Crisis of Absolutism in France

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Mazarin was the model statesman of the early modern period in French history. This book follows his career from pupil of the Jesuits, through legate in Paris and Avignon, to service for Louis XIII and beyond. Mazarin's role in the survival of absolute monarchy during the upheavals of the Fronde and his guidance of the young Louis XIV are given full weight. His crucial part in many diplomatic exchanges, and in particular those which brought an end to the Thirty Years War and the Franco-Spanish War, is examined in detail. His life is placed in the context of a study of the times, highlighting the rapidly changing nature of government.

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Agues that Mazarin, who became First Minister of France in 1643, was a remarkable statesman despite the reputation as a charlatan and adventurer he had acquired by the time he died in office 18 years later. Discusses his role in the survival of absolute monarchy during the upheavals of the Fronde, his guidance of the young Louis XIV, and his diplomatic contributions to ending the Thirty Years War and the Franco Spanish War. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415162111
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/23/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,380,178
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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