Mazarin: The Crisis of Absolutism in France

Mazarin: The Crisis of Absolutism in France

by Geoffrey Treasure
     
 

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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

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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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A paperbound reprint of the impressive biography vindicating Mazarin as a skilled statesmen within the tumultuous period of 17th century history. Treasure documents Mazarin's career from his tutelage with the Jesuits, his service for Louis XIII, survival during the upheavals of the Fronde, and through his guidance of the young Louis XIV. Among the many achievements attributed to the statesman is his diplomatic role in bring the Thirty Years War and Franco-Spanish War to their ends<-->an achievement that the author uses as an argument for placing Mazarin outside the historical shadow of Richelieu. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134980598
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/07/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
File size:
3 MB

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