From Renaissance Monarchy to Absolute Monarchy: French Kings, Nobles, and Estates

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Scholars of early modern France have traditionally seen an alliance between the kings and the bourgeoisie, leading to an absolute, centralized monarchy, perhaps as early as the reign of Francis I (1515-47). In From Renaissance Monarchy to Absolute Monarchy, eminent historian J. Russell Major draws on forty-five years of research to dispute this view, offering both a masterful synthesis of existing scholarship and new information concerning the role of the nobility in these changes. Renaissance monarchs, Major contends, had ...

From Renaissance Monarchy to Absolute Monarchy: French Kings, Nobles, and Estates 1994, Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN-13: 9780801847769

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