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Walled towns and the shaping of France : from the medieval to the early modern era /
Michael Wolfe.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
description
vi, 266 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0230608124 (hbk.), 9780230608122 (hbk.)
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
isbn
0230608124 (hbk.)
9780230608122 (hbk.)
contents note
Urban legacies and early medieval trends -- Lords and towns -- Capetian expansion and new urbanism -- Bonnes Villes and the Hundred Years' War -- Royal rulers and their towns -- Walled towns during the wars of religion -- State-building and urban fortifications -- Opening cities, closing frontiers.
catalogue key
6926538
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael Wolfe is Professor of History and Graduate Dean of Arts and Sciences at St. John's University. He is the author or editor of five previous books, including The Conversion of Henri IV (1993), Changing Identities in Early Modern France (1997), and The Medieval City Under Siege (1999).
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"This book covers much new ground in relating the history of France's town-walls and fortifications to the general history of the country. It is based on a formidable reading of the scattered sources, and will lead many readers to material that they had not known."--David Buisseret, formerly Garrett Professor of History, University of Texas at Arlington
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Summaries
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Michael Wolfe focuses on the development of towns in France, taking into account military technology, physical geography, shifting regional networks tying urban communities together, and the emergence of new forms of public authority and civic life.
Description for Bookstore
The book has a wide view and looks at its subject from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era
Description for Bookstore
This book focuses on the development of towns in France, taking into account military technology, physical geography, shifting regional networks tying urban communities together, and the emergence of new forms of public authority and civic life.
Main Description
This book focuses on the ways in which military technology, political and social trends, and shifting frontiers shaped the emergence of new forms of public authority and civic life as embodied in the "wall," an image at once intensely physical and deeply symbolic. It traces the evolution of towns across much of what is today France from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century when the walls began to come down, opening up new, ultimately revolutionary possibilities for urban life. This long-term perspective on town fortificationshow they were built, the contests to control them, and how they shaped the lives of people both inside and outside themin the end tell us much about the making of France.
Main Description
This book focuses on the ways in which military technology, political and social trends, and shifting frontiers shaped the emergence of new forms of public authority and civic life as embodied in the "wall," an image at once intensely physical and deeply symbolic. It traces the evolution of towns across much of what is today France from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century when the walls began to come down, opening up new, ultimately revolutionary possibilities for urbanlife. This long-term perspective on town fortificationshow they were built, the contests to control them, and how they shaped the lives of people both inside and outside themin the end tell us much about the making of France.
Main Description
This book focuses on the ways in which military technology, political and social trends, and shifting frontiers shaped the emergence of new forms of public authority and civic life as embodied in the wall, an image at once intensely physical and deeply symbolic.It traces the evolution of towns across much of what is today France from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century when the walls began to come down, opening up new, ultimately revolutionary possibilities for urban life.This long-term perspective on town fortifications'”how they were built, the contests to control them, and how they shaped the lives of people both inside and outside them'”in the end tell us much about the making of France.
Table of Contents
The Walls Go Up (900-1325)
Urban Legacies and Early Medieval Trends
Lords and Towns
Capetian Expansion and New Urbanism
The Walls Move Outward (1325-1600)
Bonnes Villesand the Hundred Years’ War
Royal Rulers and Their Towns
Walled Towns during the Wars of Religion
The Walls Come Down (1600-1750)
State-Building and Urban Fortifications
Opening Cities, Closing Frontiers
Conclusion
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