The French Wars 1667-1714: The Sun King at war

The French Wars 1667-1714: The Sun King at war

by John A Lynn

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Campaigns fought by Louis XIV, the Sun King, shaped the borders of European states, the destinies of royal dynasties, and even the patterns of absolutist government. This book presents the most authoritative yet accessible and succinct account of these all-important struggles available today, covering every aspect of the wars from decisions made by the king at his palace at Versailles to the life of the troops encamped in the field. Focusing on the French army, the greatest military force of the age, this tale of violence, victory, and victims balances siege and battle in a way that tells us much that is new about the Sun King and his adversaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472810052
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 06/06/2014
Series: Guide to... , #34
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,097,748
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dr John A Lynn, Professor of History at the University of Illinois, has written or edited six books, including 'Giant of the Grand Siecle: The French Army, 1610-1715' (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and 'The Wars of Louis XIV, 1667-1714' (Longman, 1999). He is currently working on 'The Mind of War: A History of Combat and Culture' for Westview Press.

Table of Contents

Background to war: Themes of Louis's international policy13
Warring sides: States, armies, navies, and warfare19
Outbreak: Drawing the sword35
The fighting: The campaigns for gloire40
Portrait of a soldier: Marie Magdelaine Mouron76
The world around war: Predatory armies80
Portrait of a civilian: Mme. De Sevigne84
How the war ended: Peace by exhaustion88
Conclusion and consequences: The legacies of war90
Further reading93

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