Originally published in 1969, this volume provides a lucid analysis of French government and society over two centuries, from the late medieval period to the beginning of Louis XIV’s personal rule. It takes up the essential arguments, contributes some novel interpretations, challenges some assessments, and makes essential reading for anyone trying to study the history of early modern France.

part |63 pages


chapter |61 pages


part |81 pages


chapter A|37 pages

Power and its Limitations

chapter i|18 pages

The Monarchy

chapter ii|19 pages

The Three Estates

chapter B|42 pages

The Government of the Kingdom

chapter i|18 pages

The Subjects’ Role

chapter ii|24 pages

The King’s Men