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The French Wars 1667–1714: The Sun King at war|
John A Lynn
96 pages, paperback, Osprey
Campaigns fought by Louis XIV, the Sun King, shaped the borders of European states, the destinies of royal dynasties, and even the patterns of absolutist government. This book presents the most authoritative yet accessible and succinct account of these all-important struggles available today, covering every aspect of the wars from decisions made by the king at his palace at Versailles to the life of the troops encamped in the field. Focusing on the French army, the greatest military force of the age, this tale of violence, victory, and victims balances siege and battle in a way that tells us much that is new about the Sun King and his adversaries.
Dr John A Lynn, Professor of History at the University of Illinois, has written or edited six books, including Giant of the Grand Siecle: The French Army, 1610-1715 (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and The Wars of Louis XIV, 1667-174 (Longman, 1999). He is currently working on The Mind of War: A History of Combat and Culture for Westview Press.
‘This really is essential reading for students of European history . . . Fascinating and compelling’ --Wendy Wallace (Military Books in Perspective)
Table of Contents
Background to war: Themes of Louis's international policy
Warring sides: States, armies, navies and warfare
Outbreak: Drawing the sword
The fighting: The campaigns for gloire
Portrait of a soldier: Marie Magdelaine Mouron
The world around war: Predatory armies
Portrait of a civilian: Mme De Sevigne
How the war ended: Peace by exhaustion
Conclusion and consequences: The legacies of war