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The King's Army

The King's Army
Warfare, Soldiers and Society during the Wars of Religion in France, 1562–76

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History

  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521525138

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  • Historians have long ignored the military aspect of the French wars of religion. In contrast, The King's Army--a meticulously researched analysis of the royal army during the early civil wars--brings warfare back to the center of the picture. The King's Army makes an important contribution to the history of military forces, warfare, religion and society in France, and will be of great interest to those engaged in the debate over the "Military Revolution" in early modern Europe.

    • Meticulously researched analysis of armies in the sixteenth century
    • Corrects the previous dismissal of the wars of religion as aimless and confused
    • Relates the study of warfare to religion and society
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Thanks to its felicitous style and plentiful tables, graphs, and charts, this book will appeal to the general reader interested in military history, as well as to the specialist because of its rich detail and an excellent appendix of sources for each of the first five wars." J.E. Brink, Choice

    "...an intelligent, wonderfully nuanced consideration of the profound problems that the early modern French state faced....[a] ground-breaking study that provides both a wealth of data mined from archival material and an important assessment of the development of the French army....likely to become the standard work for years to come." History: Review of New Books

    "a major contribution to the debate over the military revolution in early modern Europe." Paul C. Allen, Sixteenth Century Journal

    "It is an important contribution to sixteenth century studies." Daniel Hickey, H-Net Reviews

    "The book is well organized and well written....Wood has made a first rate contribution to both the social history of warfare and and to our knowledge of military organization and institutions in sixteenth-century France....the book is almost an example of micro-history with its fascinating thematic and socio-economic analyses. It is an important contribution to sixteenth century studies." M.J. Carley, H-Net

    "...an importnat contribution to sixteenth century studies." Daniel Hickey, H-Net Reviews

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    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521525138
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.594kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 13 maps 42 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Rumors of war
    1. The campaigns of the army, 1562–76
    2. The camp and the army of the King
    3. The army in the field
    4. 'The footmen of the King'
    5. The gendarmes
    6. The artillery train
    7. In search of a battle: Dreux, 1562
    8. The defence of Chartres, 1567–68
    9. A host of strangers: the army's presence
    10. The destruction of the army: the siege of La Rochelle, 1573
    11. Paying for war
    Conclusion: the limits to action.

  • Author

    James B. Wood, Williams College, Massachusetts

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