From Valois to Bourbon
Dynasty, State and Society in Early Modern France
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
In August 1589 Henri III, the last of the Valois Kings of France, was assassinated by a Dominican monk, Jacques Clement. This ill-fated and much maligned son of Henri II and Cather de Medici was succeeded by the first of the Bourbons, Henri IV and King of Navarre.
This collection of studies by international experts in the field examines fresh evidence and casts new light upon the interpretation of the character and politics of the last of the Valois and Henri IV and the Bourbon dynasty.
This book is valuable for all those who take an interest in French history whether they be students, academics or general readers.
1. Henri III: Some Determinants of vituperation
2. Henri III, the Guises and the Huguenots
N. M. Sutherland
3. The Politiques and the Politique Party: a Reappraisal
4. The Blois Assassinations: sources in the Vatican
5. Henri IV, King of Reason?
6. The Public Context of the Abjuration of Henri IV
7. Henri IV and the Problem of the French Episcopate
8. Royal Patronage and the Arts in France, 1574–1610
R. J. Knecht
9. Was there a Bourbon Style of Government?
Notes on Contributors