Richelieu and his Age

Hardcover | January 1, 1994

EditorJoseph Bergin, Laurence Brockliss

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This study of Cardinal Richelieu's career as chief minister to Louis XIII of France presents the original research of eight experts in the field. Linking their work is the belief that Richelieu's ministry was a significant moment in the history of early modern France. The authors reject the traditional picture of Richelieu as the single-handed creator of the French absolute state and the original exponent of Realpolitik. Instead they paint a collective portrait of a statesman politically astute but none the less devout. The Richelieu who emerges is in manyrespects a conservative figure, but one driven by a genuine desire to establish a more just and peaceful society (both in France and in Europe). The emphasis here then is on Richelieu the Cardinal, not Richelieu the secular statesman. The tragedy and irony of his ministry, as the authors alsoshow, was that in order to maintain himself in power, Richelieu had to behave more like a Renaissance prince than a Counter-Reformation prelate.

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This study of Cardinal Richelieu's career as chief minister to Louis XIII of France presents the original research of eight experts in the field. Linking their work is the belief that Richelieu's ministry was a significant moment in the history of early modern France. The authors reject the traditional picture of Richelieu as the sing...

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This study of Cardinal Richelieu's career as chief minister to Louis XIII of France presents the original research of eight experts in the field. Linking their work is the belief that Richelieu's ministry was a significant moment in the history of early modern France. The authors reject the traditional picture of Richelieu as the singl...

Joseph Bergin is at University of Manchester. Laurence Brockliss is at Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:306 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.84 inPublished:January 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of platesList of mapsAbbreviationsNote on quotationsList of contributorsIntroduction1. Richelieu as Chief Minister: A comparative study of the favourite in early seventeenth-century politics2. 'Une Bonne Paix': Richelieu's foreign policy and the peace of Christendom3. Richelieu and reform: Rhetoric and political reality4. Louis XIII, Richelieu, and the royal finances5. Richelieu, the Grands, and the French army6. Richelieu and his bishops? Ministerial power and episcopal patronage under Louis XIII7. Richelieu and the arts8. Richelieu, education, and the stateBibliographyIndex

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`...an intriguing insight into the current state of British histriography on early modern France.'Journal of Modern History