Illustrations; Introduction; 1. Beginnings; 2. Henry IV; 3. Louis XIII; 4. Louis XIV; 5. Louis XV; 6. Louis XVI; 7. Aftermath; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
J.H. Shennan is a leading authority of the history of ancien regime France. Professor of History at Lancaster University, he is the author of Government and Society in France, 1461-1661 and The Parlement of Paris.
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"Although there are countless books on the personalities and events of the Bourbon era, there is no comprehensive survey of the Bourbons' entire reign (1589-1836). Few historians are more qualified to fill this void than Shennan. Any of his citations refer to seminal works he himself has written, eg. the Parliament of Paris. This is a most worthy addition to the "Dynasties" series and should be in every French history collection." --Sanford Lakoff
"In his wonderfully readable and scintillating book, Shennan reveals how the dynasty alienated their subjects and squandered the great public goodwill displayed to the firt Bourbon king in 1589." THES, 27/07/07--Sanford Lakoff "Tes "
"Shennan (emer., Lancaster Univ.), known for his books on early modern France, particularly his work on the Parlement of Paris, combines erudition and brevity in this overview of the Bourbon dynasty from Henry IV through Louis XVI...The result is a successful, if traditional, approach to the reigns of France's well-known monarchs, bound together by an overall theme: the conflict between proprietorial kingship (the king as owner of his realm and head of a family business, supported by family members and great nobles) and custodial kingship (the king as chief executive officer responsible to the nation, not privileges orders, and supported by a professional, nonvenal bureaucracy)...Overall, a skilful summary of the major themes in early modern kingship, designed for upper-division students...Summing Up: Recommended." D.C. Baxter, CHOICE, March 2008, Vol. 4545, No. 7 --Sanford Lakoff