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Knights and Kings in Early Modern France

Royal Orders of Knighthood, 1496-1715

Format: Hardback
Publisher: AMS Press, New York, United States
Published: 30th Apr 1992
Dimensions: h 230mm
ISBN-10: 0404642535
ISBN-13: 9780404642532
Barcode No: 9780404642532
Synopsis
The literature of knighthood focuses, for the most part, on the medieval aspects of the institution - the familiar themes of chivalry, the tournament, etc. - or on its later, romantic revival. Dr Herman shifts attention to early modern times, a period that writers on knighthood usually describe as anachronistic, all pomp and little consequence. This book examines four orders of knighthood established by French Kings from 1469 to 1715, from "the establishment of the Ordre de Saint-Michel, the first royal order to survive its founder, until the end of Louis X1V's reign". From the activities of these orders and the roles expected of them by kings and nobles, emerges a sense of vitality overlooked by historians like Huizinga, Boulton, or Vale. Herman finds this post-medieval blooming anything but decadent, rather another stage in a process of development extending from the medieval knight-errant to the sworn servant of an absolute monarch.

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