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This book is the first serious study of Henry IV's relationship with the towns of France. Rejected by a majority of his subjects because of his Protestant faith, Henry spent the early years of his reign conquering his kingdom through the use of force, persuasion, bribery, and conciliation. By reopening the lines of communication between the crown and the towns, he strengthened the French monarchy. Thus while this book is not a biography of the King, it offers an in-depth analysis of a crucial aspect of his craft of kingship.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction: 1. France in the 1580s and 1590s; 2. Brokering clemency in 1594: the case of Amiens; 3. Henry IV's ceremonial entries: the remaking of a king; 4. Henry IV and municipal franchises in Catholic League towns; 5. Henry IV and municipal franchises in royalist and Protestant towns; 6. Clientage and clemency: the making of municipal officials; 7. Urban protest in Poitiers and Limoges: the pancarte riots; 8. Municipal finance and debt: the case of Lyons; Conclusion: Henry IV, urban autonomy and French absolutism; Bibliography; Index.