The Valois: Kings of France 1328-1589

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A&C Black, Apr 1, 2007 - History - 276 pages
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The house of Valois ruled France for 250 years, playing a crucial role in its establishment as a major European power. When Philip VI came to the throne, in 1328, France was a weak country, with much of its modern area under English rule. Victory in the Hundred Years' War, and the acquisition of Brittany and much of Burgundy, combined with a large population and taxable wealth, made the France of Francis I the only power in Europe capable of rivalling the empire of Charles V. Francis displayed his power by spectacular artistic patronage and aggressive foreign wars. Following the death of Henry II in a tournament, the problems of two royal minorities and the divisive forces of the Reformation led to the temporary eclipse of royal power. When the last Valois, Henry III, was stabbed to death by a Dominican Friar in 1589, the dynasty was already discredited but the monarchy survived intact.
  

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Contents

The Hundred Years War
23
The Marmousets
41
From Bourges to Paris
65
The Universal Spider
87
The End of Breton Independence
107
The Lure of Italy
119
Valois versus Habsburg
133
A Renaissance Court
153
The Challenge of Heresy
177
Mother and Sons
193
The Last Valois
211
Assessment
227
Bibliography
251
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Page 252 - E. CARPENTIER, Une ville devant la peste. Orvieto et la peste noire de 1348 J.-M. GAUCHIES, Louis XI et Charles le Hardi. De Péronne à Nancy (1468-1477) : le conflit N. CHAREYRON, Jean le Bel. Le Maître de Froissard, Grand Imagier de la guerre de Cent Ans J.
Page 253 - F. LEHOUX, Les entrées royales françaises de 1328 à 1515, Paris 1968, p.

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Robert Knecht is Emeritus Professor of French History at Birmingham University and a leading authority on early modern French history. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Renaissance France, Catherine de'Medic, The French Wars of Religion and Renaissance Warrior and Patron: The Reign of Francis I..

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