Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France: Currency, Culture, and the State by Jotham ParsonsMaking Money in Sixteenth-Century France: Currency, Culture, and the State by Jotham Parsons

Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France: Currency, Culture, and the State

byJotham Parsons

Hardcover | November 13, 2014

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Coinage and currency—abstract and socially created units of value and power—were basic to early modern society. By controlling money, the people sought to understand and control their complex, expanding, and interdependent world. In Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France, Jotham Parsons investigates the creation and circulation of currency in France. The royal Cour des Monnaies centralized monetary administration, expanding its role in the emerging modern state during the sixteenth century and assuming new powers as an often controversial repository of theoretical and administrative expertise.The Cour des Monnaies, Parsons shows, played an important role in developing the contemporary understanding of money, as a source of both danger and opportunity at the center of economic and political life. More practically, the Monnaies led generally successful responses to the endemic inflation of the era and the monetary chaos of a period of civil war. Its work investigating and prosecuting counterfeiters shone light into a picaresque world of those who used the abstract and artificial nature of money for their own ends. Parsons's broad, multidimensional portrait of money in early modern France also encompasses the literature of the age, in which money's arbitrary and dangerous power was a major theme.

Jotham Parsons is Associate Professor of History at Duquesne University. He is the author of The Church in the Republic: Gallicanism and Political Ideology in Renaissance France.
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Title:Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France: Currency, Culture, and the StateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.39 inPublished:November 13, 2014Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Cour des Monnaies2. The Logic of Economic Regulation3. The Inflationary Crisis and the Reforms of 15774. Money and Sovereignty5. Crimes against the Currency6. The Monetary Imaginary of Renaissance FranceConclusion: The Court and the QueenBibliography
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"In Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France, Jotham Parsons brings his great erudition to bear with a commendable lightness of touch. He draws on archival sources that have not been examined before, while keeping a broad awareness of the issues involved, and opens up his discussion of sixteenth-century French monetary policy to the wider cultural and social issues of the period." - Mark Greengrass, University of Sheffield, author of Governing Passions: Peace and Reform in The French Kingdom, 1576–1585