Renaissance Monarchy: The Reigns of Henry VIII, Francis I and Charles V

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What determined success or failure in Renaissance monarchy? Why was warfare endemic in Europe in the early sixteenth century and how did the great cultural and artistic changes of the period flourish amid this conflict? How did rival kings relate to each other and what steps did they each take to strengthen their monarchies? In short, how did they govern? Renaissance Monarchy approaches these and related issues in a revealing way, providing the first single-volume comparative history of the most renowned kings of...

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Overview

What determined success or failure in Renaissance monarchy? Why was warfare endemic in Europe in the early sixteenth century and how did the great cultural and artistic changes of the period flourish amid this conflict? How did rival kings relate to each other and what steps did they each take to strengthen their monarchies? In short, how did they govern? Renaissance Monarchy approaches these and related issues in a revealing way, providing the first single-volume comparative history of the most renowned kings of the Renaissance: the Holy Roman Empire Charles V, Francis I of France and Henry VIII of England. Bringing these three kings together, out of the relative isolation in which they are each studied, adds a fresh dimension to our understanding of contemporary ideals of kingship and reveals how these monarchs strove to be regarded as great warriors, effective governors and generous patrons.

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"In its lucid treatment of so many themes, this book will be invaluable to students of the early modern period. Richardson's book is fluently written, clearly structured and judicious in its conclusions; it will provide a useful introduction to the work done in recent decades on these three fascinating princes."—English Historical Review
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Glenn Richardson is Senior Lecturer in History at St Mary's University College, UK

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
List of maps and genealogical tables
Note on monetary values and coinage
Note on spelling of names
Introduction 1
1 Monarchs: Personalities and ideals of monarchy 5
Personalities and patrimonies 6
Ideals of monarchy 20
Warriors: war and peace in Renaissance Europe 27
Governors: counsel and Estates 28
Patrons: 'largesse', propaganda and the royal court 32
2 Warriors: Honour and magnificence in war and peace 36
Honour and the warrior ethos 36
The causes of war 46
Honour and peace 53
Peace-making 55
Renaissance diplomacy 59
3 Warriors: Warfare and international relations 63
Military organisation and technology 63
Tactics in war and the cost of warfare 70
The dynastic wars of Henry VIII 72
The dynastic wars of Francis I and Charles V 78
The 'crusading' wars of Charles V 87
4 Governors: Royal authority and the administration of the realm 93
The English royal administration and judiciary 95
The French royal administration and judiciary 100
The Netherlands and Spain, royal administration and judiciary 105
The extent of royal authority 109
5 Governors: Revenue, representation and religion 117
The English Parliament and royal income 118
The French Estates and royal income 122
The cortes in Spain, the States of the Netherlands and royal income 126
The Crown and the Church 129
6 Patrons: Government, politics and the royal court 145
Royal patronage in England 147
The Court of Henry VIII 151
Royal patronage in France 155
The Court of Francis I 158
Royal patronage in Spain 162
Royal patronage in the Netherlands 164
The Courts of Charles V 166
7 Patrons: Royal artistic patronage 172
Architecture 175
Painting, sculpture and tapestries 180
Scientific instruments and objects d'art 188
Patronage, propaganda and the royal image 190
Conclusion 195
Extended chronology 199
Notes 211
Select bibliography 228
Index 241
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