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By David Potter

ISBN-10: 0333541243

ISBN-13: 9780333541241

ISBN-10: 1349238481

ISBN-13: 9781349238484

A survey of French historical past 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: country development, the Aristocracy and clientage and the Reformation and discusses them with complete realization to the neighborhood variety of France. It additionally introduces the reader to fresh learn at the court docket and executive set within the context of the elemental social and financial routine of the interval. it truly is argued that the fundamental identification of France as a kingdom was once bolstered below the aegis of monarchical legitimacy subsidized via the the Aristocracy and the church, atmosphere the trend for the remainder of the Ancien Regime.

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Such action indisputably covered the conduct of foreign policy, the command of the army and the rendering of public justice for the common good. In areas where the king exercised authority that impinged on his subjects' private rights, however, there was rather more readiness to argue that a degree of consent had to be sought (greater or lesser in different areas). We may link this to the idea of the king's 'retained' and 'delegated' jurisdiction. Not even Bodin advocated royal power to tax without the consent of the subject, being more concerned with the definition of sovereignty and the clear separation of subject and sovereign.

24 Seyssel, as is well known, categorised the limits on power in terms of the three types of law: divine law, the rules of natural justice and the accumulated legislation of the kingdom (religion, justice and police). However, contemporaries selected these ideal qualities of restraint according to their taste. ' President Charles Guillart in the famous lit de justice of July 1527 could use the same concepts in a very different way. He underlined religion, justice and force, making it clear that, without force there could be no justice and therefore no 'tranquility of peoples'.

50 The most salient consequence of all this was the reversal of the favourable employment conditions that had prevailed for working people in the fifteenth century, both in town and country. A bad sign from the late fifteenth century was a perceptible increase in land rents, the replacement of the cens by leases for between 3 and 9 years (for instance around Paris after about 1520) and the inexorable rise in the price of grain, revealed by the mercuriales of Paris beginning in 1520 (a steady rise in the price of best wheat from an index of 100 in 1526 to 188 in 1554).

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