From Valois To Bourbon
Dynasty, State and Society in Early Modern France
Edited by Keith Cameron
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 Catherine 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.
List of Figures, iv; Acknowledgements, iv; Introduction Keith CAMERON, 1; 1. Henri III: Some Determinants of vituperation Sydney ANGLO, 5; 2. Henri III, the Guises and the Huguenots N. M. SUTHERLAND, 21; 3. The Politiques and the Politique Party: a Reappraisal Christopher BETTINSON, 35; 4. The Blois Assassinations: sources in the Vatican Richard COOPER, 51; 5. Henri IV, King of Reason? Denis CROUZET, 73; 6. The Public Context of the Abjuration of Henri IV Mark GREENGRASS, 107; 7. Henri IV and the Problem of the French Episcopate Joseph BERGIN, 127; 8. Royal Patronage and the Arts in France, 1574-1610 R.J. KNECHT, 145; 9. Was there a Bourbon Style of Government? Richard BONNEY, 161; Notes on Contributors, 179.
Keith Cameron is Professor in French and Renaissance Studies, University of Exeter.