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Warrior pursuits : noble culture and civil conflict in early modern France /
Brian Sandberg.
imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
description
xxx, 393 p.
ISBN
0801897297 (hbk.), 9780801897290 (hbk.)
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imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
isbn
0801897297 (hbk.)
9780801897290 (hbk.)
contents note
Prologue -- pt. 1. Profession of arms -- The great quantity of nobility that is found here : Southern France and its warrior elite -- The grandeur and magnificence of his household : noble households and kinship -- He had no difficulty in serving himself to money : noble finances and crédit -- pt. 2. Bonds of nobility -- With the assistance of my particular friends : clientage and friendship -- The dignity and authority of their charges : officeholding and political culture -- Actions the most perilous being the most honorable : honor and courage -- pt. 3. Culture of revolt -- The call to arms from all quarters : rituals of arming -- A great multitude of soldiers : personal armies -- The zeal of this nobility : violent performances.
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7336388
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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A great deal of new and fascinating research on an important topic.
An important addition to the literature on the nobility of early modern France.
A remarkable work... Brian Sandberg's study is a major contribution to the history of nobility in Modern France.
Brian Sandberg's book, Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France , is an important addition to the literature on the nobility of early modern France.
Sandberg has gathered a prodigious quantity of information and documentationthat shifts attention from the oft-told story of a relentlessly centralizing monarchy to the fluid, insecure, and bellicose behavior of a regional nobility.
Sandberg's solid study certainly complements the work of Arlette Jouanna and Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie and should be welcomed and praised for offering English-speakers a (rather rare) glimpse of Renaissance Languedoc and Guyenne.
Very good research.
This is a well-documented study of nobles in southwestern France, and it successfully does what even the best books on early modern military history rarely even attempt: it bridges the divide between military and cultural history.
"This is a well-documented study of nobles in southwestern France, and it successfully does what even the best books on early modern military history rarely even attempt: it bridges the divide between military and cultural history." -- Mack P. Holt, George Mason University
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This cultural history of civil warfare in early seventeenth-century France examines how warrior nobles' practices of violence shaped provincial society and the royal state. Warrior Pursuits analyzes in detail how provincial nobles engaged in revolt and civil warfare in southern France between 1598 and 1635. The southern French provinces of Guyenne and Languedoc suffered almost continual religious strife and civil conflict in this period, providing an excellent case for investigating the dynamics of early modern civil violence. Brian Sandberg's extensive archival research on noble families in these provinces reveals that violence continued to be a way of life for many French nobles, challenging previous scholarship that depicts a progressive "civilizing" of noble culture. He argues that southern French nobles engaged in warrior pursuits -- social and cultural practices of violence designed to raise personal military forces and to wage civil warfare in order to advance various political and religious goals. Close relationships between the profession of arms, the bonds of nobility, and the culture of revolt allowed nobles to regard their violent performances as "heroic gestures" and "beautiful warrior acts." Warrior nobles represented the key organizers of civil warfare in the early seventeenth century, orchestrating all aspects of the conduct of civil warfare -- from recruitment to combat -- according to their own understandings of their warrior pursuits. Building on the work of Arlette Jouanna and other historians of the nobility, Sandberg provides new perspectives on noble culture, state development, and civil warfare in early modern France. French historians and scholars of the Reformation and the European Wars of Religion will find Warrior Pursuits engaging and insightful.
Main Description
This cultural history of civil warfare in early seventeenth-century France examines how warrior nobles' practices of violence shaped provincial society and the royal state.Warrior Pursuits analyzes in detail how provincial nobles engaged in revolt and civil warfare in southern France between 1598 and 1635. The southern French provinces of Guyenne and Languedoc suffered almost continual religious strife and civil conflict in this period, providing an excellent case for investigating the dynamics of early modern civil violence. Brian Sandberg's extensive archival research on noble families in these provinces reveals that violence continued to be a way of life for many French nobles, challenging previous scholarship that depicts a progressive "civilizing" of noble culture. He argues that southern French nobles engaged in warrior pursuits -- social and cultural practices of violence designed to raise personal military forces and to wage civil warfare in order to advance various political and religious goals. Close relationships between the profession of arms, the bonds of nobility, and the culture of revolt allowed nobles to regard their violent performances as "heroic gestures" and "beautiful warrior acts." Warrior nobles represented the key organizers of civil warfare in the early seventeenth century, orchestrating all aspects of the conduct of civil warfare -- from recruitment to combat -- according to their own understandings of their warrior pursuits.Building on the work of Arlette Jouanna and other historians of the nobility, Sandberg provides new perspectives on noble culture, state development, and civil warfare in early modern France. French historians and scholars of the Reformation and the European Wars of Religion will find Warrior Pursuits engaging and insightful.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Note on Citations and Translationsp. xxviii
Prologuep. 3
The Profession of Arms
The Great Quantity of Nobility That Is Found Here: Southern France and Its Warrior Elitep. 11
The Grandeur and Magnificence of His Household: Noble Households and Kinshipp. 33
He Had No Trouble Helping Himself to Money: Crédit and Noble Financesp. 53
The Bonds of Nobility
With the Assistance of My Particular Friends: Clientage and Friendshipp. 79
The Dignity and Authority of Their Charges: Officeholding and Political Culturep. 115
Actions the Most Perilous Being the Most Honorable: Honor and Couragep. 151
The Culture of Revolt
The Call to Arms from All Quarters: Rituals of Armingp. 189
A Great Multitude of Soldiers: Personal Armiesp. 223
The Zeal of This Nobility: Violent Performancesp. 253
Conclusionp. 285
List of Abbreviationsp. 293
Notesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 343
Indexp. 383
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