Patrons, Brokers, and Clients in Seventeenth-Century France

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

bySharon Kettering

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A bold new study of politics and power in 17th-century France, this book argues that the French Crown centralized its power nationally by changing the way it delegated its royal patronage in the provinces. During this period, the royal government of Paris gradually extended its sphere ofcontrol by taking power away from the powerful and potentially disloyal provincial governors and nobility and instead putting it in the hands of provincial power brokers--regional notables who cooperated with the Paris ministers in exchange for their patronage. The new alliances between the Crown'sministers and loyal provincial elites functioned as political machines on behalf of the Crown, leading to smoother regional-national cooperation and foreshadowing the bureaucratic state that was to follow.

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Professor Kettering argues that the central government in Paris strengthened its power by changing the way it distributed royal patronage in the provinces.

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A bold new study of politics and power in 17th-century France, this book argues that the French Crown centralized its power nationally by changing the way it delegated its royal patronage in the provinces. During this period, the royal government of Paris gradually extended its sphere ofcontrol by taking power away from the powerful an...

Sharon Kettering is at Montgomery College, Maryland.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:332 pages, 9.57 × 6.3 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195036735

ISBN - 13:9780195036732

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Professor Kettering argues that the central government in Paris strengthened its power by changing the way it distributed royal patronage in the provinces.

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"Provides the best preparatory analysis yet available for reinterpreting the greatest moment of tension in the French seventeenth century."--English Historical Review