Louis XIV and Absolutism: A Brief Study with Documents

TitleLouis XIV and Absolutism: A Brief Study with Documents
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsBeik, William
Number of Pages247
PublisherBedford/St. Martin's
City, CountryBoston
Abstract

This collection of documents with commentary explores the meaning of absolute monarchy by examining how Louis XIV of France became one of Europe's most famous and successful rulers. In the introduction, William Beik integrates the theoretical and practical nature of absolutism and its implications for the development of European states and society. The documents, newly translated and carefully selected for their readability, examine the problems of the Fronde, Colbert's grasp of the economic and fiscal dimensions of the kingdom, the taming of the rural nobility, the interaction of royal ministers and provincial authorities, the repression of Jansenists and Protestants, popular rebellions, and royal image making.

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