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The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 : Seminar Studies in History - Alan James

The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661

Seminar Studies in History

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Published: 21st June 2006
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An attention grabbing, controversial study of the power of legendary Cardinals Richelieu and Mazarin and the success of the French Monarchy between 1598 - 1661. This book turns the idea of royal 'absolutism' on its head by redefining, and not trying to deny, the French monarchy's success from 1598 - 1661.

  • The controversial position taken by James on the popular theory of 'absolutism' will attract widespread interest.
  • A valuable addition to Seminar Studies in History series.
  • Incorporates the conclusions of recent, detailed research on seventeenth-century France
  • Benefits from valuable additional resources such as documents, chronology, glossary, guide to characters and a detailed bibliography

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

Introduction to the Seriesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Chronologyp. xi
Map: France in 1620p. xv
Introductionp. xvi
The Backgroundp. 1
Early Bourbon Monarchyp. 3
The 'Peace' of Nantesp. 4
The Recovery of Royal Authorityp. 7
The Early Reign of Louis XIIIp. 11
Analysisp. 15
Religionp. 17
The Catholic Reformationp. 18
The Cardinal Ministersp. 21
The Huguenotsp. 26
Jansenismp. 29
WARp. 33
Early Aims and Ambitionsp. 34
France in the Thirty Years' War, 1635-48p. 40
Mazarin and the Peace of the Pyrenees, 1648-59p. 44
Governmentp. 48
Popular Rebellionp. 49
Moneyp. 52
Officers of the Crownp. 53
Fronde of the Parlement, 1648-49p. 56
Personal Governmentp. 60
Social Orderp. 67
The Fronde of the Nobles, 1650-53p. 69
Louis XIII and the Nobilityp. 72
Historians and the Nobilityp. 75
The Dynastic Statep. 79
Assessmentp. 83
The Origins of French Absolutism?p. 85
The Fouquet-Colbert Rivalryp. 86
The End of Government by First Minister?p. 89
The Golden Years, 1659-61p. 91
Conclusionp. 94
Documentsp. 97
Who's Whop. 125
Further Readingp. 127
Referencesp. 133
Glossaryp. 136
Indexp. 139
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ISBN: 9780582369009
ISBN-10: 0582369002
Series: Seminar Studies in History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 21st June 2006
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1