Mazarin: The Crisis of Absolutism in France

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Routledge, Sep 7, 2006 - History - 432 pages
Mazarin was the model statesman of the early modern period in French history. This book follows his career from pupil of the Jesuits, through legate in Paris and Avignon, to service for Louis XIII and beyond. Mazarin's role in the survival of absolute monarchy during the upheavals of the Fronde and his guidance of the young Louis XIV are given full weight. His crucial part in many diplomatic exchanges, and in particular those which brought an end to the Thirty Years War and the Franco-Spanish War, is examined in detail. His life is placed in the context of a study of the times, highlighting the rapidly changing nature of government.
 

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Contents

Family Tree Maps Preface
Giulio Mazarini Papal Diplomat
THE YOUNG ROMAN
CRISIS AND OPPORTUNITY
EARLY FAME
NUNCIO EXTRAORDINARY
THE CALL OF FRANCE
French Service 7 CARDINAL MAZARIN 8 ANNE QUEEN MOTHER AND REGENT
DIVIDE AND RULE
THE WAR OFTHE PRINCESSES 20 THE FIRST EXILE
MAZARIN RETURNS
THE DEFEAT OF CONDÉ
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
THE FRONDE CONSIDERED
War and Peace
Money Matters

PUBLIC FINANCE PRIVATE ENTERPRISE
PREMIER MINISTRE
THEORIES AND TRADITIONS
The Fronde
CLOUDY SKIES
THE GATHERING STORM 15 THE CHAMBRE STLOUIS 16 THE DECLARATION OF SAINTGERMAIN 17 THE FIRST CIVIL
Part VI
PORT ROYAL
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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