The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 / Edition 1

The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 / Edition 1

by Alan James
ISBN-10:
0582369002
ISBN-13:
9780582369009
Pub. Date:
05/26/2006
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
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The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 / Edition 1

This controversial study takes the provocative line that the French monarchy was a complete success. James turns the idea of royal ‘absolutism’ on its head by redefining the French monarchy’s success from 1598 - 1661.

The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 maintains that building blocks were not being laid by the so-called architects of absolutism, but that by satisfying long-established, traditional ambitions, cardinal ministers Richelieu and Mazarin undoubtedly made the confident, ambitious reign of the late century possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780582369009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/26/2006
Series: Seminar Studies Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series

Acknowledgements

Chronology

Map: France in 1620

Introduction

PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND

1. EARLY BOURBON MONARCHY

The ‘Peace’ Of Nantes

The Recovery Of Royal Authority

The Early Reign Of Louis XIII

PART TWO: ANALYSIS

2. RELIGION

The Catholic Reformation

The Cardinal Ministers

The Huguenots

Jansenism

3. WAR

Early Aims and Ambitions

France in the Thirty Years' War, 1635-48

Mazarin and the Peace Of The Pyrenees, 1648-59

4. GOVERNMENT

Popular Rebellion

Money

Officers of the Crown

Fronde of the Parlement, 1648-49

Personal Government

5. SOCIAL ORDER

The Fronde of the Nobles, 1650-53

Louis XIII and the Nobility

Historians and the Nobility

The Dynastic State

PART THREE: ASSESSMENT

6. THE ORIGINS OF FRENCH ABSOLUTISM?

The Fouquet-Colbert Rivalry

The End Of Government By First Minister?

The Golden Years, 1559-61

PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS

Who’s Who

Further Reading

References

Glossary

Index

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