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1652: The Cardinal, the Prince, and the Crisis of the 'Fronde'

David Parrott


This book offers a re-evaluation of the last year of the Fronde—the political upheaval between 1648 and 1652—in the making of seventeenth-century France. In late December 1651 cardinal Mazarin defied the order for his perpetual banishment, and re-entered France at the head of an army. The political and military crisis that followed convulsed the nation, and revived the ebbing fortunes of a revolt led by the cousin of the young Louis XIV, the prince de Condé. The book follows in detail the unfolding political and military events of this year, showing how military success and failure swung betwe ... More

Keywords: Mazarin, Fronde, seventeenth-century France, Louis XIV, state-building, Little Ice Age, civil war, absolutism, impact of war, revolt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797463
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797463.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Parrott, author
Professor of Early Modern History, University of Oxford