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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.
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 policy||13|
|Warring sides: States, armies, navies, and warfare||19|
|Outbreak: Drawing the sword||35|
|The fighting: The campaigns for gloire||40|
|Portrait of a soldier: Marie Magdelaine Mouron||76|
|The world around war: Predatory armies||80|
|Portrait of a civilian: Mme. De Sevigne||84|
|How the war ended: Peace by exhaustion||88|
|Conclusion and consequences: The legacies of war||90|