Blood and Violence in Early Modern France (Hardback)
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Blood and Violence in Early Modern France (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 25/05/2006
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The rise of civilized conduct and behaviour has long been seen as one of the major factors in the transformation from medieval to modern society. Thinkers and historians alike argue that violence progressively declined as men learned to control their emotions. The feud is a phenomenon associated with backward societies, and in the West duelling codified behaviour and channelled aggression into ritualised combats that satisfied honour without the shedding of blood. French manners and codes of civility laid the foundations of civilized Western values. But as this original work of archival research shows we continue to romanticize violence in the era of the swashbuckling swordsman. In France, thousands of men died in duels in which the rules of the game were regularly flouted. Many duels were in fact mini-battles and must be seen not as a replacement of the blood feud, but as a continuation of vengeance-taking in a much bloodier form. This book outlines the nature of feuding in France and its intensification in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, civil war and dynastic weakness, and considers the solutions proposed by thinkers from Montaigne to Hobbes. The creation of the largest standing army in Europe since the Romans was one such solution, but the militarization of society, a model adopted throughout Europe, reveals the darker side of the civilizing process.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199290451
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 725 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Written in a lucid, punchy style, the study rests on a dazzling array of archival sources and judicial pieces. * French Studies *
...fascinating...a work of staggering detail and complexity...Carroll's work is both engaging and thought-provoking...Its research and findings will no doubt serve to promote further research, and set a high benchmark for those who follow. * The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland *
...impeccably well researched, rich and illustrative * Andrew Hopper, European History Quarterly *
...this book will force early modern French historians to rethink the categories that we have been using concerning both violence and the nobility, and it will force some of us also to stop relying on prescriptive sources as a substitute for the lived experiences and social reality of the lives of the aristocracy...This is a very significant book. * Mack Holt, English Historical Review *
Blood and Violence in Early Modern France deserves to be recognised as a major contribution to our understanding of social change and political transformation in early modern Europe as a whole. Its findings question conventional assumptions about the division between the medieval and early modern eras and undermine another of the settled but distorting polarities upon which twentieth-century historical interpretation has instinctively rested. * Alex Walsham, Journal of Ecclesiastical History *
This is a book rich in research and extraordinarily provocative in its conclusions. * Julius R. Ruff, American Historical Review *
This ambitious and eagerly awaited study...culminates a sustained body of accomplished scholarship. * Paul Solon, Renaissance Quarterly *
excellent and thought-provoking book * Robin Briggs, TLS *

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