Francis I

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 1984 - History - 480 pages
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The name of Francis I and his emblem, the salamander, are familiar to the many thousands of tourists who visit the chateaux of the Loire each year. But what sort of monarch was he? Whereas in his own day he was acclaimed as 'the great king Francis', in more recent times he has generally been taken less seriously than his exact contemporaries Henry VIII of England and the Emperor Charles V. Yet his reign was no less important than theirs. It witnessed and promoted fundamental changes in France's political structure, economy, society, religion and cultural life. The king's obsession with war stimulated constitutional change. By entailing expenditures far in excess of the crown's traditional resources, it obliged him to tap new sources of wealth, to reorganise the fiscal system and to promote administrative centralisation. Economically, Francis' reign saw the completion of the recovery that had followed the Hundred Years' War. While the land was reclaimed, the population grew, town life flourished and trade expanded.
 

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Contents

Childhood and youth
1
King of France
13
Marignano1515
33
The Concordat of Bologna
51
The uneasy peace 151620
66
The king and his court
83
Thelossof Milan 15101
105
Penury and reform
117
Domestic problems 15304 137
237
Patron of the arts andfather of letters 153
253
Triumph and stalemate 153 57 174
274
Fruitless entente 15 3 841 189
291
The kingdoms wealth
305
France overseas
326
The crown and the provinces
344
The last war 15416
362

Humanism and heresy
132
Treason
146
Pavia 15135
160
The regency of Louise of Savoy 15156
176
The kings return 15 168
192
From Cognac to Cambrai 15 269 106
206
The hollow peace 15304 121
221
Reform and resistance
377
The growth of persecution
390
The triumph of faction
408
Epilogue
426
Index
449
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