Blood and Violence in Early Modern France by Stuart CarrollBlood and Violence in Early Modern France by Stuart Carroll

Blood and Violence in Early Modern France

byStuart Carroll

Hardcover | October 18, 2006

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The rise of civilized conduct and behaviour has long been seen as one of the major factors in the transformation from medieval to modern society. Thinkers and historians alike argue that violence progressively declined as men learned to control their emotions. The feud is a phenomenonassociated with backward societies, and in the West duelling codified behaviour and channelled aggression into ritualised combats that satisfied honour without the shedding of blood. French manners and codes of civility laid the foundations of civilized Western values. But as this original work ofarchival research shows we continue to romanticize violence in the era of the swashbuckling swordsman. In France, thousands of men died in duels in which the rules of the game were regularly flouted. Many duels were in fact mini-battles and must be seen not as a replacement of the blood feud, but asa continuation of vengeance-taking in a much bloodier form. This book outlines the nature of feuding in France and its intensification in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, civil war and dynastic weakness, and considers the solutions proposed by thinkers from Montaigne to Hobbes. The creationof the largest standing army in Europe since the Romans was one such solution, but the militarization of society, a model adopted throughout Europe, reveals the darker side of the civilizing process.
Stuart Carroll is at Senior Lecturer in History, University of York.
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Title:Blood and Violence in Early Modern FranceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 18, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: The Structure of Vindicatory Violence1. The Origins of Dispute - Blood and Earth2. The Origins of Dispute - Status and Honour3. Honours and Prerogatives4. Escalation: From Verbal Duel to Vindicatory Exchange5. Conspiracy6. Combat7. The Rage of the GodsPart II: Violence and Society8. Justice and the Law9. Peace10. Women, Sex, and Vindicatory ViolencePart III: Violence and the Polity11. The Crisis of the Religious Wars12. Violence and Royal Authority in the Seventeenth Century13. SolutionsConclusionBibliographyIndex