By (author) R. J. Knecht
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Francis I by R. J. Knecht
Book DescriptionThe name of Francis I and his emblem, the salamander, are familiar to the many thousands of tourists who visit the chateaux of the Loire each year. But what sort of monarch was he? Whereas in his own day he was acclaimed as 'the great king Francis', in more recent times he has generally been taken less seriously than his exact contemporaries Henry VIII of England and the Emperor Charles V. Yet his reign was no less important than theirs. It witnessed and promoted fundamental changes in France's political structure, economy, society, religion and cultural life. The king's obsession with war stimulated constitutional change. By entailing expenditures far in excess of the crown's traditional resources, it obliged him to tap new sources of wealth, to reorganise the fiscal system and to promote administrative centralisation. Economically, Francis' reign saw the completion of the recovery that had followed the Hundred Years' War. While the land was reclaimed, the population grew, town life flourished and trade expanded.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521278874
(228mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Apr-1984
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. J. Knecht
French Religious Wars 1562-1598, Paperback (June 2002)
A study of the French religious wars which took place between 1562 and 1598. It provides a portrait of the realities of civil war as seen through the eyes of those who participated. It also covers the developments in artillery, fortification and portable firearms that characterized the period.
Rise and Fall of Renaissance France, Paperback (October 2001)
Describes the rise and fall of France in the sixteenth century. Drawing on research into primary and secondary sources, the author combines narrative with analysis, whilst also reflecting on the cultural, economic and social contexts in which events occurred. It is also suitable for those interested in French history and culture.
Renaissance Warrior and Patron, Paperback (December 1996)» View all books by R. J. Knecht
A paperback of Knecht's comprehensive account of one of France's most important monarchs.
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