Images of Kingship in Early Modern France: Louis XI in Political Thought, 1560-1789

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Psychology Press, 1997 - History - 249 pages
Louis XI, known as "The Spider King" because he wove many intricate plots, lives on in popular imagination primarily as a villain and a cruel, cunning, rather unscrupulous character. Absolutists fled to his banner whilst constitutionalists reviled him as a rapacious totalitarian murderer. In Images of Kingship in Early Modern France, Adrianna Bakos uses the changing nature of Louis XI's historical reputation to explore the intellectual and political climate of early modern France.
Using Louis XI's historical reputation as a prism for fresh investigation, Adrianna Bakos offers new, more complex interpretations of the ideological landscape of early modern France. Images of Kingship in Early Modern France is an important contribution to European historiography and to debates on historical versus political interpretations of Kingship.
 

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Contents

Le roi hors de page
25
A spider at Versailles
45
Louis XI and the French nation
60
Le plus sage de nos roys
93
Le roi a cheval
137
Louis XI and the idea of counsel
156
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