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Francis I / R.J. Knecht.

Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1982.
ISBN 9780521243445, 0521243440

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Subjects France -- 1515-1547 (François I)
France -- Histoire -- 1515-1547 (François Ier)
France -- History -- Francis I, 1515-1547.
France -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Francis I King of France, 1494-1547.
Francis I, King of France, 1494-1547.
François Ier, roi de France, 1494-1547.
Kings and rulers.
Rois et souverains -- France -- Biographies.
Description xv, 480 pages, [8] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date 1982.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-448) and index.
Summary Francis I, king of France from 1515 to 1547, has not always been treated by posterity with the seriousness he deserves. The French historian Jules Michelet (born 1798?d. 1874), who has exerted a long-standing influence on popular notions of the past among his countrymen, dismissed him as a ?fine talker? who allowed himself to be ruled by women, principally his mother and sister. As a child of the French Revolution, Michelet despised Francis for not having assumed leadership of the Protestant revolt against the Roman Catholic Church. Francis has also been largely eclipsed by the brilliance of the Sun King, Louis XIV. But all this has now changed. Since the 1950s there has been a revival of interest in the Renaissance and the Reformation. Francis was a central figure in both. As king, he laid the foundations of the ?absolute? monarchy that was to flourish in the next century under Louis XIV. Though not entirely successful in his long struggle with the Holy Roman emperor Charles V, Francis successfully resisted his claim to the duchy of Burgundy, which, if conceded, would have dismantled the kingdom of France. Faced by the challenge of the Protestant Reformation that shattered the religious unity of his kingdom, Francis took the fateful decision to uphold the Catholic faith. He also supported some of the earliest French expeditions to the New World. On the cultural level, his legacy was second to none. Presiding over the most magnificent court north of the Alps, in which women assumed a more significant presence than in the past, he built numerous châteaus, patronized some of the most illustrious artists of his day, built up a superb library, and paved the way for the prestigious Collège de France in Paris?not a bad record for a ruler once dismissed as a lightweight.
Contents Childhood and youth -- King of France -- Marignano (1515) -- The Concordat of Bologna -- The uneasy peace (1516-20) -- The king and his court -- The loss of Milan (1520-2) -- Penury and reform -- Humanism and heresy -- Treason -- Pavia (1523-5) -- The regency of Louise Savoy (1525-6) -- The king's return (1525-9) -- From Cognac to Cambrai (1526-9) -- The hollow peace (1530-4) -- Domestic problems (1530-4) -- Patron of the arts and 'father of letters' -- Triumph and stalemate (1535-7) -- Fruitless entente (1538-42) -- The kingdom's wealth -- France overseas -- The crown and the provinces -- The last war (1542-6) -- Reform and resistance -- The growth of persecution -- The triumph of faction.
Genre Biography.
Geographic Area France
Network Numbers (OCoLC)7672388
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Knecht, R. J.
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