Originally published in 1969, this volume provides a lucid analysis of French government and society over two centuries, from the late medieval period to the beginning of Louis XIV’s personal rule. It takes up the essential arguments, contributes some novel interpretations, challenges some assessments, and makes essential reading for anyone trying to study the history of early modern France.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. The Nature of Royal Authority 2. The First Estate 3. The Second Estate 4. The Third Estate 4. The Political Organization of the Estates 5. The King’s Army 6. The King’s Councillors 7. Judicial Organization 8. Financial Organization 9. The Governors 10. A Seventeenth Century Crisis? Conclusion Documents: A Power and Its Limitations B The Government of the Kingdom.
J. H. Shennan