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 | December 16, 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.
Title:Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France: Currency, Culture, and the StateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.25 × 6.13 × 0.39 inPublished:December 16, 2014Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


1. The Cour des Monnaies

2. The Logic of Economic Regulation

3. The Inflationary Crisis and the Reforms of 1577

4. Money and Sovereignty

5. Crimes against the Currency

6. The Monetary Imaginary of Renaissance France

Conclusion: The Court and the Queen


Editorial Reviews

"Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France is an erudite, ambitious, multidimensional analysis of the many little-understood complexities and consequences of 'money' that provides compelling insights into a central intersection of early modern politics, economics, society, and culture."—Julie Hardwick, University of Texas at Austin, author of Family Business: Litigation and the Political Economies of Daily Life in Early Modern France