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Images of Kingship in Early Modern France : Louis XI in Political Thought, 1560-1789 - Adrianna E. Bakos

Images of Kingship in Early Modern France

Louis XI in Political Thought, 1560-1789

Hardcover Published: 27th June 1997
ISBN: 9780415154789
Number Of Pages: 280

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Louis XI, known as The Spider King because he wove many intricate plots, lives on in popular imagination primarily as a villain and a cruel, cunning, rather unscrupulous character. Absolutists fled to his banner whilst constitutionalists reviled him as a rapacious totalitarian murderer. In Images of Kingship in Early Modern France, Adrianna Bakos uses the changing nature of Louis XI's historical reputation to explore the intellectual and political climate of early modern France.
Using Louis XI's historical reputation as a prism for fresh investigation, Adrianna Bakos offers new, more complex interpretations of the ideological landscape of early modern France. Images of Kingship in Early Modern France is an important contribution to European historiography and to debates on historical versus political interpretations of Kingship.

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"Anyone working on Louis XI as "personnage literaire would do well to consult Bakos' fine study." -"The French Review

Introduction: "le roi araignee"p. 1
The architect of tyrannyp. 27
A spider at Versaillesp. 45
Louis XI and the French nationp. 60
Unfettered king, unlimited greatnessp. 93
"Qui nescit dissimulare, nescit regnare": Louis XI and raison d'etatp. 122
The repentant ghostp. 139
Louis XI and the idea of counselp. 156
Epilogue: "le roi bourgeois"p. 180
chronological list of works referring to Louis XI, 1560-1795p. 191
Notesp. 194
Bibliographyp. 234
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780415154789
ISBN-10: 0415154782
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 27th June 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1