By David Potter
A survey of French heritage from the reign of Louis XI to the outbreak of the Wars of faith that isolates many of the arguable theories of the interval: country development, the Aristocracy and clientage and the Reformation and discusses them with complete recognition to the local variety of France. It additionally introduces the reader to fresh examine at the courtroom and executive set within the context of the fundamental social and financial hobbies of the interval. it really is argued that the elemental id of France as a country used to be strengthened less than the aegis of monarchical legitimacy sponsored through the the Aristocracy and the church, environment the trend for the remainder of the Ancien Regime.
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73 Gaguin claimed to be producing a new history but in fact his innovations were largely stylistic rather than of substance, since he based his material on the tradition of the Grandes Chroniques, though in his writings other than the Compendium he was prepared to go beyond this and explore classical sources. 74 As late as 1527, Jean Bouchet's Epitaphes des Roys de France deployed the Trojan myth in its entirety. The problem was, as many recognised, that the ancient writers had paid relatively little attention to the glorious conquests of the ancient Gauls.
A good example is Andre La Vigne's Le Verger d'honneurof the early sixteenth century. The image of the 'tree of France', with its roots set deep in time and its branches displaying allegorically all the qualities of the kingdom and its rulers, runs from Christine de Pisan's Discours des bats et offices to Charles Figon's Arbre des Estats et Offices of 1579. 65 It has been argued that the duty to sacrifice one's life for one's country was revived in the late Middle Ages as a 'fundamental value' in the name of which temporal powers could make demands.
At Lyon, where the price of wheat quadrupled between 1475 and 1565 and tripled between 1510 and 1565, the overall cost of living index doubled between 1535 and 1565. Hauser's statistics on the southern 14 A HISTORY OF FRANCE, 1460-1560 Dauphine show a tripling of prices since the mid-fifteenth century, with a notable aggravation from the late 1520s marked by the rebellion known as the Grande Rebeyne at Lyon (1529) and disturbances in the Cevennes, and a repetition of the crisis in 1539-40. 51 In some areas, notably the centre and south during the reign of Francis I, sharecropping began to spread.
A History of France, 1460–1560: The Emergence of a Nation State by David Potter