Early Modern France 1560-1715

ISBN-10: 0192892843
ISBN-13: 9780192892843
Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)
Authors: Robin Briggs
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/16/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

This book provides an overall interpretation of a decisive period in French history, from the chaos of the Wars of Religion to the death of Louis XIV. A clear but economical narrative of the major political events is combined with an analysis of the long-term factors which decisively moulded the evolution of both state and society.

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Introduction
The Crisis of the Monarchy
The Renaissance Monarchy
Social and intellectual changes
The spread of Protestantism
The Wars of Religion: the first conflicts, 1560-1563
The second war and the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day
Henri III and the Catholic League
Henri IV and the victory of the politiques
Economy and Society
Population and subsistence crises
Landholding, prices, and agrarian depression
Money, wages, and living standards
The local community, the landlords, and the state
Industry, towns, and urban elites
Social divisions: orders and classes
The nobility in society
Royal fiscality and its consequences
Attempts at economic management
The Government of France, 1598-1715
Henri IV to Richelieu, 1598-1624
Religion and foreign policy under Henri IV
The restoration of royal authority
The Regency and the ascendancy of Marie de Medici
Luynes, the German conflict, and the Protestants
The Ministry of Richelieu
The early years, 1624-1630
Opposition and the 'Day of Dupes'
The road to war, 1630-1642
Noble conspiracy and rebellion
Resistance to war finance; the popular revolts
The administrative revolution; the intendants
The Regency, the Fronde, and the Ministry of Cardinal Mazarin
Foreign success and internal problems 1643-1648
The crisis of 1648
Slide into anarchy; the Fronde of the nobles
Mazarin and the last years of war
The Personal Rule of Louis XIV
The confirmation of royal power
The pursuit of glory; Louis XIV and his neighbours
The costs of war; finance and government
The growth of religious and political opposition
Belief and Culture
The structure of the church
The formative decades of the Catholic reform
The training of the secular clergy
The priests and the people
The Jansenist quarrel
Scepticism and censorship
Patterns of popular literacy, crime, and marriage
Witchcraft
Conclusion
Appendix: graphs
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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