War and Government in the French Provinces

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 2003 - History - 412 pages
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Few studies of the history of provincial France have hitherto spanned the conventional medieval/early-modern divide, and David Potter's detailed examination of war and government in Picardy, a region of France hitherto neglected by historians, has much to say about the development of French absolutism. Picardy emerged as a province after the campaigns of 1470-1477, and its experience of the first period of absolutism provides an enlightening contrast with that of other, more outlying provinces: the Picard nobility was notable for the extent of its participation in the army, the court and the government of France. David Potter provides a detailed analysis of the organisation of French military power in the province, and its impact during the period of the Habsburg-Valois wars. The work concludes with Picardy about to enter a difficult period of civil war.
  

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Contents

Return to allegiance Picardy and the FrancoBurgundian Wars 14701493
29
The provincial governors and politics
65
The governors staff and household
92
The Picard nobility and royal service
113
Gouverneurs et capitaines
117
Criteria of appointment and contacts at court
127
The lesser nobility as royal commissaires
140
Military organisation in Picardy during the HabsburgValois wars
155
War taxation and the towns
233
taille royale
241
the solde des gens de pied
246
Sales taxes
247
Forced loans and special levies
250
Political negotiations and patronage
254
The crown and municipal office
258
Peace negotiations and the formation of the frontier in Picardy 152160
265

The cavalry
158
The infantry
168
The war commissariat
179
Army finance
182
Provisioning
188
Les fruictz que la guerre rapporte the effects of war on the Picard countryside 152160
200
Conclusion
294
Appendices
308
Bibliography
343
Index
380
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David Potter is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Kent at Canterbury and has published widely on late medieval and early modern France.

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