Conde in Context: Ideological Change in Seventeeth-century France, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Conde in Context

Ideological Change in Seventeeth-century France, 1st Edition

By Mark Bannister

Routledge

240 pages

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Louis II de Bourbon (1621-86), known as Le Grand Conde, stood alongside Richelieu and Mazarin as one of the key figures who shaped the reign of Louis XIV. In response to profound upheavals in their world, his contemporaries looked to him to satisfy their need for a hero. Originally the warrior-hero par excellence, Conde was redefined by successive generations as the ideal subject of the absolutist state, as the epitome of civilized behaviour and, finally, as the exemplar of the triumph of faith over reason. In this first detailed study in English of Le Grand Conde's significance for his contemporaries, Mark Bannister reveals the complexity of the ideological patterns forming and reforming in seventeenth-century France, and the perennial need to believe in the existence of an iconic figure, incarnating new values as they emerge.

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / General
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HISTORY / Social History
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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General