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Blood and Violence in Early Modern France$
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Stuart Carroll

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290451.001.0001

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Violence and Royal Authority in the Seventeenth Century

Violence and Royal Authority in the Seventeenth Century

(p.285) 13 Violence and Royal Authority in the Seventeenth Century
Blood and Violence in Early Modern France

Stuart Carroll (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Unlike his predecessor, King Henri IV of France was a man whom even his enemies could respect; a fearless warrior and bon viveur who placed politics above religious scruple. Indeed after the final submission of the League in 1598, many former enemies became his comrades in debauchery. He was an active and efficient peacemaker, intervening personally in disputes, reviving the authority of the constable, promulgating two edicts against duelling, and sponsoring the idea of publicly funded attorneys for the poor. Yet there is compelling evidence for the continuation of feuding and the rise in the incidence of duels involving the nobles. This chapter examines violence and how royal authority in France intervened in feuds during the 17th century, violent acts committed by the noblesse de robe, violence against fiscal officials, and the king's concern for the repression of the injustice and oppression of the grandees.

Keywords:   France, violence, royal authority, feuding, duelling, disputes, nobles, repression

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