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The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661
     

The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661

by Alan James
 

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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

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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.

 

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On Alan James, 'He writes capably, is scholarly in approach and backs up his arguments with judiciously chosen documents.'

Richard Wilkinson, History Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317878896
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Series:
Seminar Studies
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
File size:
655 KB

Meet the Author

Alan James is a lecturer in the Laughton Naval History Unit of the Department of War Studies, King's College London. His is author of The Navy and Government in Early Modern France, 1572-1661 (Boydell, 2004) for which he was awarded the prize of 'Best Young Academic Author of the Year' by the college.

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