By David Potter
A survey of French heritage from the reign of Louis XI to the outbreak of the Wars of faith that isolates a number of the debatable theories of the interval: kingdom development, the Aristocracy and clientage and the Reformation and discusses them with complete cognizance to the local variety of France. It additionally introduces the reader to fresh study at the court docket and govt set within the context of the elemental social and monetary routine of the interval. it's argued that the fundamental identification of France as a state used to be bolstered less than the aegis of monarchical legitimacy sponsored through the the Aristocracy and the church, atmosphere the development for the remainder of the Ancien Regime.
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Although the emperor himself thought the resistance of the peasants stemmed from their fear 'of being punished as were those who favoured the late M. de Bourbon', local writers, in describing the events, underscored the peasants' allegiance to France. The Marseilles bourgeois, Honorat de Valbelle, described the wish of the 'contadins' to 'prove their loyalty to the fatherland'; the occasional Latin verse composed to celebrate the events by members of the proven(al bourgeoisie emphasised this even more.
He set out to free it from the straitjacket of the Trojan myth in order to visualise the history of a people, the people of Gaul, rather than to narrate a succession of kings and their deeds and to explore institutions. In Pasquier's time, the duality of the Gallic and Frankish origins of France was naturally still debated among writers. There was a degree of celtomania in the 1550s that led a writer like Jean Picard in his De prisca celtopaedia (1556) to argue that the Gauls had taught the arts of civilisation to the Greeks.
The concept that all French were subjects of the king rather than his vassals of various kinds, that the king was 'emperor in his kingdom' and that the church in France should be autonomous under the king encouraged royal jurists to think in universal terms about the scope of royal legislation. The preambles to the brevets de tailles sent to the elections and provincial estates often provided in effect public manifestos of royal policies. From the reign of Louis XII the king's advisers began to take advantage of printing to disseminate letters and edicts meant for public consumption with preambles that appealed to the unity of the kingdom and to the king's role of supreme giver of justice.
A History of France, 1460–1560: The Emergence of a Nation State by David Potter