Louis XII by Frederic J. BaumgartnerLouis XII by Frederic J. Baumgartner

Louis XII

byFrederic J. Baumgartner

Paperback | June 11, 1996

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The reign of Louis XII (1498-1515) has been much neglected by historians. Falling between the conventional end of the French middle ages and Francis I's notional ushering in of Renaissance France, Louis' rule 'belongs' neither to medievalists nor to historians of the the early modern period. While not in the front rank of French monarchs, Louis XII, 'The Father of the People', remains an interesting and appealing figure, and the events of his reign (the Valois-Habsburg wars in Italy, Louis' bitter disputes with Pope Julius II, the complications of his marriages) had a profound effect on the future of the French state. France's church, legal system, and cultural life (many of the artistic achievements associated with the reign of Francis I in fact occurred under Louis) were all strongly influenced by the king, and this readable and lucid account of his rule offers a wealth of interesting information.
FREDERIC J. BAUMGARTNER is Professor of History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
Title:Louis XIIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:319 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.75 inPublished:June 11, 1996Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312161735

ISBN - 13:9780312161736


Table of Contents

Preface - Maps - At Last a Son - Prince of Blood - Rebel Prince - Le Roi Est Mort! Vive Le Roi! - The Reign Begins - Matters Matrimonial - Monarchy, Ministers, and Money - Vive Le Duc de Milan! - A Kingdom Won, A Kingdom Lost - Father of Claude, Father of the People - The Springtime of the French Renaissance - Head of the Gallican Church - Back to Italy - Ministers and Money in the Late Reign - Pere du Peuple versus Papa Terribile - Last Acts - Legacy - Appendix: The French Monetary System - Notes - Bibliography - Index

From Our Editors

While not in the front rank of the French monarchs, Louis XII, 'The Father of the People, ' remains an interesting and appealing figure. The events of his reign were highly significant to the future of the French state: from the unremittingly brutal Italian campaigns to Henry VIII's invasion, from Louis's disputes with the Papacy to his marriage's political complications, France's church, legal system, and cultural life (most markedly the introduction of the Renaissance) were all subject to significant change, and many of the achievements commonly associated with Francis I were in fact rooted in those of his predecessor.