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Postings on early and medieval French history, including Joan of Ark, Hundred Year's War, the Crusades, more.

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Latest Blog Posts for History of France

  • The Peace of Utrecht, 1713
    on Mar 31, 2016 in Louis XIV
    King Louis XIV had outlived his good fortune by 1713.His great generals and statesmen had passed away. The country was exhausted, famine was preying on the wretched peasantry, supplies could not be found, and one city after another, of those Louis ha...
  • The Wars of the Palatinate and of Spanish Succession
    on Mar 28, 2016 in Louis XIV
    This brutal act of tyranny was followed by a fresh attack on Germany. On the plea of a supposed inheritance of his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Orleans, Louis invaded the Palatinate on the Rhine, and carried on one of the most ferocious wars in hist...
  • Revocation of the Edict of Nantes
    on Apr 27, 2015 in Louis XIV
    In 1685 Louis XIV supposed that the Huguenots had been so reduced in numbers that the Edict of Nantes could be repealed. All freedom of worship was denied them; their ministers were banished, but their flocks were not allowed to follow them. If taken...
  • Louis XIV's War in the Low Countries
    on Nov 28, 2014 in Louis XIV
    Maria Theresa, the queen of Louis XIV., was the child of the first marriage of Philip IV. of Spain; and on her father's death in 1661, Louis, on pretext of an old law in Brabant, which gave the daughters of a first marriage the preference over the so...
  • France Under Louis XIV
    on Nov 27, 2014 in Kings Louis XIV
    There was, in fact, nothing but the chase to occupy a gentleman on his own estate, for he was allowed no duties or responsibilities. Each province had a governor or intendant, a sort of viceroy, and the administration of the cities was managed chiefl...
  • The Royal Court of King Louis XIV
    on Oct 29, 2014 in Kings Louis XIV
    The attempt from the earliest times of the French monarchy had been to draw all government into the hands of the sovereign, and the suppression of the Fronde completed the work. Louis XIV., though ill educated, was a man of considerable ability, much...
  • The Court of Anne of Austria
    on Oct 28, 2014
    The court of France, though never pure, was much improved during the reign of Louis XIII. and the regency of Anne of Austria. There was a spirit of romance and grace about it, somewhat cumbrous and stately, but outwardly pure and refined, and quite a...
  • The Fronde
    on Oct 25, 2014 in Thirty Years War
    When an heir had long been despaired of, Anne of Austria, the wife of Louis XIII., had become the mother of two sons, the eldest of whom, Louis XIV., was only five years old at the time of his father's death. The queen-mother became regent, and trust...
  • The Thirty Years' War in Flanders and Italy
    on Oct 20, 2014 in Thirty Years War
    The Thirty Years' War had been raging in Germany for many years, and France had taken no part in it, beyond encouraging the Swedes and the Protestant Germans, as the enemies of the Emperor. But the policy of Richelieu required that the disunion betwe...
  • Richelieu's Administration
    on Aug 31, 2014 in Church
    Cardinal de Richelieu's whole idea of statesmanship consisted in making the King of France the greatest of princes at home and abroad. To make anything great of Louis XIII., who was feeble alike in mind and body, was beyond any one's power, and Riche...
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