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The Ancien Regime: History of France, 1610-1774 [Hardcover]

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie
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10 Mar 1996 0631170286 978-0631170280 Reissue
This is a story of brilliance, order and sophistication, of supreme confidence and great achievement – that begins in uncertainty and ends in iconoclasm.


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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Reissue edition (10 Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631170286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631170280
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 17.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,493,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This volume, which includes a helpful chronological table and glossary, will be the standard history of France for years to come. The Ancien Regime is definitely the richest and most satisfying account of the political history of Bourbon France available in English." Reviews in History

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This story of brilliance, order and sophistication, supreme confidence, and great achievement begins in uncertainty and ends in iconoclasm. A great historian, in a balanced and vivid narrative, retells it here. This volume examines this rich and decadent period of French history from the absolutism of Richelieu to the gluttonous rule of Louis XVI.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard going 27 Aug 2011
By Tony Heyes VINE VOICE
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This author reflects interminably on what happened without telling you what happened! He never uses one word when he can use ten. Maybe the translation is too faithful to the French; it reads more like Proust than a narrative. Very disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive 29 Aug 2013
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Not bed time reading, however very factual and comprehensive material. would recommend for serious history researchers. not for the feint hearted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We need more books on French History. 13 April 1999
By A Customer
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WE NEED MORE BOOKS ON FRENCH HISTORY!!!! JUST ONE PLAIN BOOK, WITH ALL THE HISTORY OF FRANCE IN IT, WOULD MAKE MY DAY. THANKYOU.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Eloquent, Detailed 1 Mar 2013
By Robert L. Fitts Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Truly excellent history of pre-revolutionary France from the end of Henry IV’s reign through the reign of Louis XV. Thorough, eloquent, and insightful, yet not for those looking for a simple overview of the time: This is serious scholarship - 600 pages and occasionally detailed to the point of perhaps being interesting only to a professor . All in all a really excellent work and one of the very best history books I’ve ever read, but heavy lifting for sure.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing history of an exciting subject 5 May 2009
By R. Fields - Published on Amazon.com
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History should, first, be a story that is interesting and informative, especially when it involves such a vibrant and exciting era as the Ancien Regime.

This book fails at the basics of creating an readable, organized, engaging history, and - rather - bogs the reader down with needless detail while omitting necessary background information. There are numerous blatant and distracting errors (despite the author's generally excellent scholarship) and at least one major conclusion is clearly erroneous (the author finds the ultimate effect of John Law's bank and the South Sea Bubble on the economy to be positive - for a really insightful view into this event, see Charles Mackay's, "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds").

There was a single apparent bright spot in the book - the actual quote of Louis XIV speaking to the 5 year old Louis XV on his deathbed - and the source of that, putatively authoritative, quote is not even documented, and is therefore useless.

This book is actually harmful, in that it discourages the reader from actually learning about an important and exciting era in western history, while offering little of value in return.
8 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more books on French History. 13 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
WE NEED MORE BOOKS ON FRENCH HISTORY!!!! JUST ONE PLAIN BOOK, WITH ALL THE HISTORY OF FRANCE IN IT, WOULD MAKE MY DAY. THANKYOU.
5 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vive L'Ancien Regime de France 21 Jan 2000
By Terry Elkington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Why is there no one single illustrated book dedicated to the Kings/Queens of France? What a shame that the Royal family of France cannot be portrayed in a positive light.
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