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The king's army [electronic resource] : warfare, soldiers, and society during the wars of religion in France, 1562-1576 /
James B. Wood.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
description
xvi, 349 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521550033 (hbk.)
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
isbn
0521550033 (hbk.)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8365823
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 324-333) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-03-01:
In a scrupulously researched and boldly written anatomy of the royal army of France, Wood has made good on his claim to "put warfare back at the center of the French wars of religion." He convincingly explodes the theory of the military revolution of the late 16th century from three different vistas. First, he offers a most welcome description and close analysis of the organization and operations of the infantry, the cavalry, and the artillery. Next, relying on a rich variety of written and iconographical sources, he presents four case studies of the principal engagements of the first five of eight religious wars. Third, Wood dissects the strained financial structure of Charles IX's reign and concludes that the royal army was unable to defeat the Huguenot forces because of a pathological financial inadequacy, a failure of the "sinews of war" to sustain the structure. The result was chronic civil religious rebellion, ultimately lasting 36 years and concluding in a military stalemate, the only endgame possible for an exhausted army and treasury. Thanks to its felicitous style and plentiful tables, graphs, and charts, this book will appeal to the general reader interested in military history, as well as to the specialist because of its rich detail and an excellent appendix of sources for each of the first five wars. All levels. J. E. Brink Texas Tech University
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'Wood's examination of the military experience of both the soldiers and the civilians of France is vivid, his detail on the country's military institutions and the course of the war meticulous. This is the best - and best illustrated - book on early modern military history to appear for many years.' English Historical Review
'Wood's examination of the military experience of both the soldiers and the civilians of France is vivid, his detail on the country's military institutions and the course of the war meticulous. This is the best - and best illustrated - book on early modern military history to appear for many years.'English Historical Review
‘Wood’s examination of the military experience of both the soldiers and the civilians of France is vivid, his detail on the country’s military institutions and the course of the war meticulous. This is the best - and best illustrated - book on early modern military history to appear for many years.’English Historical Review
"Thanks to its felicitous style and plentiful tables, graphs, and charts, this book will appeal to the general reader interested in military history, as well as to the specialist because of its rich detail and an excellent appendix of sources for each of the first five wars." J.E. Brink, Choice
‘ … this lucidly written monograph … has made a major contribution to the historical study of the French Wars of Religion and this book is one that every student of the period must read’.The Huguenot Society
"The book is well organized and well written....Wood has made a first rate contribution to both the social history of warfare and and to our knowledge of military organization and institutions in sixteenth-century France....the book is almost an example of micro-history with its fascinating thematic and socio-economic analyses. It is an important contribution to sixteenth century studies." M.J. Carley, H-Net
' ... this lucidly written monograph ... has made a major contribution to the historical study of the French Wars of Religion and this book is one that every student of the period must read'. The Huguenot Society
' ... this lucidly written monograph ... has made a major contribution to the historical study of the French Wars of Religion and this book is one that every student of the period must read'.The Huguenot Society
‘James Wood’s splendid study … marks a major advance in our understanding of this deeply confused period. This is a book packed with detail, based on extensive primary research, whose separate sections are brilliantly combined to advance a general argument.’Historical Journal
'James Wood's splendid study ... marks a major advance in our understanding of this deeply confused period. This is a book packed with detail, based on extensive primary research, whose separate sections are brilliantly combined to advance a general argument.'Historical Journal
'James Wood's splendid study ... marks a major advance in our understanding of this deeply confused period. This is a book packed with detail, based on extensive primary research, whose separate sections are brilliantly combined to advance a general argument.' Historical Journal
"a major contribution to the debate over the military revolution in early modern Europe." Paul C. Allen, Sixteenth Century Journal
"...an importnat contribution to sixteenth century studies." Daniel Hickey, H-Net Reviews
"...an intelligent, wonderfully nuanced consideration of the profound problems that the early modern French state faced....[a] ground-breaking study that provides both a wealth of data mined from archival material and an important assessment of the development of the French army....likely to become the standard work for years to come." History: Review of New Books
"It is an important contribution to sixteenth century studies." Daniel Hickey, H-Net Reviews
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Summaries
Main Description
Historians have long ignored the military aspect of the French wars of religion. In contrast, The King's Army--a meticulously researched analysis of the royal army during the early civil wars--brings warfare back to the center of the picture. The King's Army makes an important contribution to the history of military forces, warfare, religion and society in France, and will be of great interest to those engaged in the debate over the "Military Revolution" in early modern Europe.
Main Description
Historians have long ignored the military aspect of the wars of religion which raged in France during the late sixteenth century, dismissing the conflicts as aimless or hopelessly confused. In contrast, this meticulously researched analysis of the royal army and its operations during the early civil wars brings warfare back to the centre of the picture. James B. Wood explains the reasons for the initial failure of the monarchy to defeat the Huguenots, and examines how that failure prolonged the conflict. He argues that the nature and outcome of the civil wars can only be explained by the fusion of religious rebellion and incomplete military revolution. This study makes an important contribution to the history of military forces, warfare and society, and will be of great interest to those engaged in the debate over the 'Military Revolution' in early modern Europe.
Description for Bookstore
In contrast to previous approaches, this meticulously researched analysis of the royal army during the French wars of religion makes warfare the focus of attention. It represents an important contribution to the history of military forces, warfare, religion and society in early modern France.
Description for Library
Historians have long ignored the military aspect of the French wars of religion. In contrast, this meticulously researched analysis of the royal army and its operations during the early civil wars brings warfare back to the centre of the picture. This study makes an important contribution to the history of military forces, warfare, religion and society in France, and will be of great interest to those engaged in the debate over the 'Military Revolution' in early modern Europe.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This book argues that the study of the military aspect of the wars of religion which raged in France in the 16th century, is vital to explain the outcome of the civil wars. Important for those studying the "Military Revolution" of early modern Europe.
Description for Bookstore
Historians have long ignored the military aspect of the French wars of religion. In contrast, The King's Army - a meticulously researched analysis of the royal army during the early civil wars - brings warfare back to the centre of the picture. The King's Army makes an important contribution to the history of military forces, warfare, religion and society in France, and will be of great interest to those engaged in the debate over the 'Military Revolution' in early modern Europe.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Rumors of war
The campaigns of the army, 1562û76
The camp and the army of the King
The army in the field
æThe footmen of the KingÆ
The gendarmes
The artillery train
In search of a battle: Dreux, 1562
The defence of Chartres, 1567û68
A host of strangers: the armyÆs presence
The destruction of the army: the siege of La Rochelle, 1573
Paying for war
Conclusion: the limits to action
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