The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 / Edition 1

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This controversial study takes the provocative line that the French monarchy was a complete success. James turns the idea of royal ‘absolutism’ on its head by redefining the French monarchy’s success from 1598 - 1661.

The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 maintains that building blocks were not being laid by the so-called architects of absolutism, but that by satisfying long-established, traditional ambitions, cardinal ministers Richelieu and Mazarin undoubtedly made the confident, ambitious reign of the late century possible.

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On Alan James, 'He writes capably, is scholarly in approach and backs up his arguments with judiciously chosen documents.'

Richard Wilkinson, History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582369009
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/26/2006
  • Series: Seminar Studies Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan James is a lecturer in the Laughton Naval History Unit of the Department of War Studies, King's College London. His is author of The Navy and Government in Early Modern France, 1572-1661 (Boydell, 2004) for which he was awarded the prize of 'Best Young Academic Author of the Year' by the college.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series

Acknowledgements

Chronology

Map: France in 1620

Introduction

PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND

1. EARLY BOURBON MONARCHY

The ‘Peace’ Of Nantes

The Recovery Of Royal Authority

The Early Reign Of Louis XIII

PART TWO: ANALYSIS

2. RELIGION

The Catholic Reformation

The Cardinal Ministers

The Huguenots

Jansenism

3. WAR

Early Aims and Ambitions

France in the Thirty Years' War, 1635-48

Mazarin and the Peace Of The Pyrenees, 1648-59

4. GOVERNMENT

Popular Rebellion

Money

Officers of the Crown

Fronde of the Parlement, 1648-49

Personal Government

5. SOCIAL ORDER

The Fronde of the Nobles, 1650-53

Louis XIII and the Nobility

Historians and the Nobility

The Dynastic State

PART THREE: ASSESSMENT

6. THE ORIGINS OF FRENCH ABSOLUTISM?

The Fouquet-Colbert Rivalry

The End Of Government By First Minister?

The Golden Years, 1559-61

PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS

Who’s Who

Further Reading

References

Glossary

Index

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