The seventeenth century was one of the most fascinating and seminal periods in European history, particularly with regard to France. For it was here in France that the fruits of the earlier Renaissance were to be most brilliantly realized. Although the path of "greatness" for Louis XIV was prepared for him by men like Richelieu, Mazarin, Colbert, Turenne, and Louvois, it was during his reign that French preeminence in all facets of civilization emerged. In diplomacy, military science, art, architecture, literature, fashion, music, gastronomy, philosophy, physics, mathematics, engineering, and many other fields of endeavor, France stood at the pinnacle of human achievement. She was to remain there until the time of Napoleon. How did this hegemony come about?
Laurence Bradford Packard, an eminent historian and scholar, traces the origins of absolute monarchy and tells us how the political evolution of inherited kingship came to be what it was by the time of Louis XIV. He explains the marvelous diplomatic machinery backed by military might that made France the most feared nation in Europe for almost 200 years. And he discusses the various intellectual controversies of the day which were to produce some of the greatest minds in Europe. There has never been a period which produced so many masters of language: Voltaire, Moliere, Racine, Corneille, Pascal, Bayle, Rochefoucauld, La Fontaine, Bossuet, and many others. And of course, there were Milton, Hobbes, and Locke in England. Packard gives them all their due and goes on to explore the other arts, as well. The book ends with an appraisal of the amazing progress Europeans, and especially the French, made in the scientific fields. The names are legendary: Descartes, Newton, Boyle, Leeuwenhoek, Leibnitz, and others.
It was a titanic period, and hovering above them all was the man who symbolized the power and majesty of the absolute monarchy...Louix XIV.
Reprint. 1957 Acceptable A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (the dust cover may be missing). Pages can include considerable notes--in pen or highlighter--but the notes do not obscure the text. Reprint. 1957 Good. Spine taped and first two pages repaired. Spine shows wear. Edge wear visible with rubbing, Binding repaired, Corners are bumped, Pages clean, Ex-Library book Bibliography: p. 137-140. Tracking included. Email for additional information. WNB2390Spine shows wear. Edge wear light some rubbing. Binding repaired. Corners are bumped / rounded. Pages clean. Ex-Library book with markings. DJ Missing or not issued. Bibliography: p. 137-140.WNB2390
Title The age of Louis XIV
Berkshire studies in European history
The Age of Louis XIV, Laurence Bradford Packard
Author Laurence Bradford Packard
Publisher Henry Holt and Company, 1957
Length 144 pages
The age of Louis XIV by Lawrence Bradford Packard
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