A History of France 1460-1560

The Emergence of a Nation State
Author(s): 
Potter, David
ISBN: 
0333541235
Date published: 
January 1995
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00
Pages: 
456

A survey of French history from the reign of Louis XI to the outbreak of the Wars of Religion that isolates some of the controversial theories of the period: state building, nobility and clientage and the Reformation and discusses them with full attention to the regional diversity of France. It also introduces the reader to recent research on the court and government set in the context of the basic social and economic movements of the period. It is argued that the basic identity of France as a nation was reinforced under the aegis of monarchical legitimacy backed by the nobility and the church, setting the pattern for the rest of the Ancien Regime.