9780631211969

The Ancien Regime A History of France 1610 - 1774

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  • ISBN13:

    9780631211969

  • ISBN10:

    0631211969

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-01-05
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

This story of brilliance, order and sophistication, supreme confidence, and great achievement begins in uncertainty and ends in iconoclasm. A great historian, in a balanced and vivid narrative, retells it here. This volume examines this rich and decadent period of French history, from the absolutism of Richelieu to the gluttonous rule of Louis XVI.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vi
1 Temperate Monarchy in its Last Incarnation
1(26)
PART 1 ABSOLUTISM IN ITS TRUE GRANDEUR 27(250)
2 Reason of State and its Irrationalities
29(53)
3 France and the Fronde: the Age of Anne of Austria and Mazarin
82(44)
4 The Snake and the Sun
126(54)
5 Gallican Extremism
180(48)
6 Spain in the Heart
228(49)
PART II FLEXIBLE AND ADAPTABLE: THE NEW ABSOLUTISM 277(193)
7 The Overture
279(39)
8 A Debonnaire Hercules
318(55)
9 Reaction and Retraction
373(32)
10 Public Opinion's First Successes
405(32)
11 Order, Authority, Realm
437(33)
Conclusion 470(44)
Appendix 1: Chronological Table 514(38)
Glossary 552(5)
Select Bibliography 557(9)
Index 566

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