Henry IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society, 1589-1610

Henry IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society, 1589-1610

by S. Annette Finley-Croswhite
ISBN-10:
0521620171
ISBN-13:
9780521620178
Pub. Date:
03/28/2012
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Overview

Henry IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society, 1589-1610

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521620178
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History Series
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: 1620L (what's this?)

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.

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