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Louis XIV

Author: G R R Treasure
Publisher: Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Louis XIV changed the course of French history. His kingship was a sustained tour de force and his reign among the most important in the history of Europe. Though less powerful in practice than in absolutist theory and propaganda, the reign of Louis XIV still represents the apogee of French royal power in the ancient regime." "The age of Louis XIV was a period of French dominance, advances in government, great  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Treasure, G.R.R. (Geoffrey Russell Richards).
Louis XIV.
Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2001
Online version:
Treasure, G.R.R. (Geoffrey Russell Richards).
Louis XIV.
Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2001
Named Person: Louis, King of France; Louis, King of France; König XIV ) Ludwig (Frankreich
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G R R Treasure
ISBN: 0582279585 9780582279582
OCLC Number: 47939460
Description: xi, 375 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: [ch]. 1. t Preparing for power --
The god-given --
The Fronde --
Mazarin : minister, guardian and tutor --
The anointed king --
The ecclesiastical Fronde --
A constitutional balance --
A ruler's duty --
[ch]. 2. Louis XIV's subjects --
The poor have no reserves --
Peasant farming --
The feudal régime --
Nobility --
Bourgeois France --
[ch]. 3. Personal rule --
The case of Fouquet --
Absolutism --
The French royal tradition : inspiration and restraint --
Parlement and Gallicanism --
'A delightful business' --
Councils and ministers --
The intendants --
[ch]. 4. Wealth and power : Colbert --
The perfect royal servant --
The state's finances --
manufactures --
Trade and sea power --
[ch]. 5. The power of the army --
A defective instrument --
Control, discipline and recruitment --
Weaponry, fortresses and supply --
[ch]. 6. Power abroad --
The world of diplomacy --
The great treaties --
Trials of strength --
'Desire to attack the Dutch' --
The Dutch war --
'I fully rejoice in my clever conduct' --
[ch]. 7. Versailles : the display of power --
'Great buildings, their magnificence' --
The problem of Paris --
A new palace --
Significant rituals --
An unhealthy dependence --
[ch]. 8. The temptation of power --
'The grand doge' --
A defensible frontier --
Vienna : a decisive moment --
9. Power and conformity --
The Huguenot question --
Huguenot crisis ; Catholic ascendancy --
The Edict of Fontainebleau --
Emigrés and rebels --
[ch]. 10. France against Europe : the Nine Years War --
Louvois's war --
Towards total war --
The necessity of peace --
A new moderation --
[ch]. 11. The great prize --
Treaty or will --
[ch]. 12. The Great War --
A war on four fronts --
'There are murmurs at his very door' --
'Conditions so contrary to justice' --
Peace at last --
Europe's changing face --
[ch]. 13. The price of war --
The money famine --
Desperate measures --
A crisis of morale : Colbertism challenged --
An alternative voice : Fénelon --
Great expectations and tragic losses --
[ch]. 14. Faith, reason and authority --
Jansenism --
An uneasy peace --
Self-inflicted wounds --
Quietism --
[ch]. 15. 'A king at every moment' --
A brave end --
Post-mortem : another regency --
Responsibility: Geoffrey Treasure.


In this history, Treasure explores a combination of a personal philosophy, moulded by absolutist thinking and propaganda, and by Mazarin's deliberate training. He examines influences and traits which  Read more...


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"Throughout this admirable book, Treasure perceptively places the Sun King's reign in the context of both French and European history. This has never been better done." History Review

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