Louis XIV and Absolutism
First EditionWilliam Beik©2000
Investigate the meaning of absolute monarchy by examining how Louis XIV of France became one of Europe's most famous and successful rulers. Louis XIV and Absolutism examines the problems of the Fronde, Colbert's grasp of the economic and fiscal dimensions of the kingdom, the taming of the rural nobility, the interaction of royal ministers and provincial authorities, the repression of Jansenists and Protestants, popular rebellions, and royal image-making, focusing on the theoretical and practical nature of absolutism and its implications for the development of European states and society.
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