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The dynastic state and the army under Louis XIV : royal service and private interest in France, 1661 to 1701 /
Guy Rowlands.
imprint
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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xxi, 404 p. ill, geneal. tables, maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521641241
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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
isbn
0521641241
catalogue key
4750403
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-387) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Gladstone History Book Prize, GBR, 2002 : Won
Reviews
Review Quotes
'This is an impressive study, founded on extensive research in the French army archives, one which throws important light on Louis XIV, his military and his nobility ... Guy Rowlands has made an important contribution to the history of the armed forces of the Sun King, one with important implications for our understanding of army, government and society - and their interaction - elsewhere in ancien regime Europe.' Christopher Storrs, University of Dundee, Journal of Continuity and Change
"In this generally excellent and important study, Guy Rowlands displays a mastery of military administration, monachical practice, and elite society that raises the bar for discussing the state and the army of Louis XIV." - Journal of Modern History
‘This is an extraordinarily well-researched and important book which does much more than improve our understanding of the administration of the army under Louis XIV; it forces us to reconsider the very nature of the late seventeenth-century state.’The English Historical Review
'This is an extraordinarily well-researched and important book which does much more than improve our understanding of the administration of the army under Louis XIV; it forces us to reconsider the very nature of the late seventeenth-century state.' The English Historical Review
'This is an extraordinarily well-researched and important book which does much more than improve our understanding of the administration of the army under Louis XIV; it forces us to reconsider the very nature of the late seventeenth-century state.'The English Historical Review
"Valuable.... Based on solid archival research..." - The Journal of Military History
"Rowlands's book is monumental in scope, superbly researched and written, and highly original, overturning many accepted interpretations. It is an impressive tour de force." - Journal of Interdisciplinary History
..."represents an important contribution to our understanding of seventeenth-centruy France... Rowlands' study of the nuts and bolts of army administration sheds considerable light not only on the history of war, but also on the history of the nobility, of finance, and of the state." - Sixteenth Century Journal, Paul Cohen, Universite de Paris-VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis)
"...represents an important contribution to our understanding of seventeenth-centruy France... Rowlands' study of the nuts and bolts of army administration sheds considerable light not only on the history of war, but also on the history of the nobility, of finance, and of the state." - Sixteenth Century Journal, Paul Cohen, Universite de Paris-VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis)
Review of the hardback: 'This is an extraordinarily well-researched and important book which does much more than improve our understanding of the administration of the army under Louis XIV; it forces us to reconsider the very nature of the late seventeenth-century state.' The English Historical Review
Review of the hardback: 'This is an impressive study, founded on extensive research in the French army archives, one which throws important light on Louis XIV, his military and his nobility … Guy Rowlands has made an important contribution to the history of the armed forces of the Sun King, one with important implications for our understanding of army, government and society - and their interaction - elsewhere in ancien rgime Europe.' Christopher Storrs, University of Dundee, , Journal of Continuity and Change
Review of the hardback: 'This is an impressive study, founded on extensive research in the French army archives, one which throws important light on Louis XIV, his military and his nobility ... Guy Rowlands has made an important contribution to the history of the armed forces of the Sun King, one with important implications for our understanding of army, government and society - and their interaction - elsewhere in ancien règime Europe.' Christopher Storrs, University of Dundee, , Journal of Continuity and Change
.,."represents an important contribution to our understanding of seventeenth-centruy France... Rowlands' study of the nuts and bolts of army administration sheds considerable light not only on the history of war, but also on the history of the nobility, of finance, and of the state." - Sixteenth Century Journal, Paul Cohen, Universit? de Paris-VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis)
.,."ambitious and provacative..." - Seventeenth-Century News
"...ambitious and provacative..." - Seventeenth-Century News
"Guy Rowlands has given us an important book, indespensable reading for everyone in the field." - Canadian Journal of History, John J. Hurt, University of Delaware
"Guy Rowlands' new book, a history of the French army during Louis XIV's personal rule, represents an important contribution to our understanding of seventeenth-centruy France. Drawing on impressive research in manuscript sources-notably ministerial correspondence housed in the French army's archives, complemented by judicious use of printed memoirs by French nobles who served as high officers-Rowlands reconstructs how the army was organized, financed, and commanded between 1659 and 1715. Rowlands' study of the nuts and bolts of army administration sheds considerable light not only on the history of war, but also on the history of the nobility, of finance, and of the state." Sixteenth Century Journal, Paul Cohen, Universite de Paris-VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis)
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Summaries
Main Description
The ‘personal rule’ of Louis XIV witnessed a massive increase in the size of the French army and an apparent improvement in the quality of its officers, its men and the War Ministry. However, this is the first book to treat the French army under Louis XIV as a living political, social and economic organism, an institution which reflected the dynastic interests and personal concerns of the king and his privileged subjects. The book explains the development of the army between the end of Cardinal Mazarin’s ministry and the outbreak of the War of the Spanish Succession, emphasising the awareness of Louis XIV and his ministers of the need to pay careful attention to the condition of the king’s officers, and to take account of their military, political, social, and cultural aspirations.
Description for Bookstore
This book presents a new interpretation of the development of the French army during the 'personal rule' of Louis XIV. Based on massive archival research, it examines the army not just as a military institution but also as a living political, social and economic organism.
Description for Bookstore
This book presents a new interpretation of the development of the French army during the 'personal rule' of Louis XIV. Based on massive archival research, it examines the army not just as a military institution but also as a living political, social and economic organism. The author argues that the key to the development of Louis XIV's armed forces was the king's determination to acknowledge and satisfy the military, political, social and cultural aspirations of his officers, while upholding the position of the Bourbon dynasty.
Long Description
This book presents a new interpretation of the development of the French army during the "personal rule" of Louis XIV. Based on massive archival research, it examines the army not only as a military institution but also as a political, social and economic organism. Guy Rowlands asserts that the key to the development of Louis XIV's armed forces was the king's determination to acknowledge and satisfy the military, political, social and cultural aspirations of his officers, and maintain the solid standing of the Bourbon dynasty.
Main Description
The 'personal rule' of Louis XIV witnessed a massive increase in the size of the French army and an apparent improvement in the quality of its officers, its men and the War Ministry. However, this is the first book to treat the French army under Louis XIV as a living political, social and economic organism, an institution which reflected the dynastic interests and personal concerns of the king and his privileged subjects. The book explains the development of the army between the end of Cardinal Mazarin's ministry and the outbreak of the War of the Spanish Succession, emphasising the awareness of Louis XIV and his ministers of the need to pay careful attention to the condition of the king's officers, and to take account of their military, political, social and cultural aspirations.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The 'personal rule' of Louis XIV witnessed an increase in the size of the French army and an apparent improvement in the quality of its officers, its men & the War Ministry. This text explains the development of the army between the end of Cardinal Maziran's ministry and the outbreak of the Spanish Succession.
Description for Bookstore
This book presents a new interpretation of the development of the French army during the ‘personal rule’ of Louis XIV. Based on massive archival research, it examines the army not just as a military institution but also as a living political, social and economic organism.
Table of Contents
General introduction: 'Absolute monarchy', dynasticism and the standing army
'Patrimonial Bureaucracy': The Le Tellier Dynasty and the Ministry of War: Introduction
The Secretary of State for War and the dynastic interests of the Le Tellier family
The ebb and flow of Le Tellier power, 1661âÇô1701
The use and abuse of servants: the Ministry of War, venality and civilian power in the army
Financing war: the treasury of the Extraordinaire des guerres
Corruption and the pursuit of self-interest in the Ministry of War
The Forging of the French Officer Corps and the Standing Army under Louis XIV: Introduction
In the name of sustainability: reforming the structure of the standing army and the officer corps
The business of a regiment
The pressures and temptations of service
The High Command of the French Armies: Introduction
The commanders-in-chief and the delegation of royal authority
The appointment of general officers
The summits of ambition and the rewards of good service: the bienfaits du roi and the high command
Conclusion: the preservation of the dynasty
Defining the grands
The proportion of revenue generated by the Extraordinaire des guerres as a 'primary receiver'
Bibliography
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