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Richelieu and His Age - Joseph Bergin

Richelieu and His Age

By: Joseph Bergin (Editor), Laurence Brockliss (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th October 1992
ISBN: 9780198202318
Number Of Pages: 312

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This study of Cardinal Richelieu's career as chief minister to Louis XIII of France presents the original research of eight experts in the field. Linking their work is the belief that Richelieu's ministry was a significant moment in the history of early modern France. The authors reject the traditional picture of Richelieu as the single-handed creator of the French absolute state and the original exponent of Realpolitik. Instead they paint a collective portrait of a statesman politically astute but none the less devout. The Richelieu who emerges is in many respects a conservative figure, but one driven by a genuine desire to establish a more just and peaceful society (both in France and in Europe). The emphasis here then is on Richelieu the Cardinal, not Richelieu the secular statesman. The tragedy and irony of his ministry, as the authors also show, was that in order to maintain himself in power, Richelieu had to behave more like a Renaissance prince than a Counter-Reformation prelate.

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"A valuable addition to the study of early modern Europe."--American Historical Review


"This is an essential book for historians of seventeenth-century France."--Religious Studies Review


List of plates List of maps Abbreviations Note on quotations List of contributors Introduction 1: Richelieu as Chief Minister: A comparative study of the favourite in early seventeenth-century politics 2: 'Une Bonne Paix': Richelieu's foreign policy and the peace of Christendom 3: Richelieu and reform: Rhetoric and political reality 4: Louis XIII, Richelieu, and the royal finances 5: Richelieu, the Grands, and the French army 6: Richelieu and his bishops? Ministerial power and episcopal patronage under Louis XIII 7: Richelieu and the arts 8: Richelieu, education, and the state Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198202318
ISBN-10: 0198202318
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 15th October 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61

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