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The Bourbons: The History of a Dynasty Paperback – 20 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum (20 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847252001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847252005
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,360,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'concise and elegantly written ... As a leading expert on the early modern state, Shennan is well-qualified to tease out strands of legal, patriomonial and religious thinking.' --The Historian, Fall 2088

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J.H. Shennan is Emeritus Professor of History at Lancaster University. He is a leading authority of the history of ancien regime France and the author of Government and Society in France, 1461-1661, The Parlement of Paris and Philippe, Duke of Orleans, Regent of France.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Peterson on 15 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for a short snap-shot of the Bourbon Kings. I found it very informative and an easy read. It is an excellent background for a very diverse and interesting group of men. My only holdback on the book is the really pathetic number of illustrations. Five total - color, mind you - but only five. Two aren't even of kings. And the grand master of all, Louis XIV, is only shown as a child. Biographical books should be liberally illustrated. It's not like the cost of the book precluded more illustrations. Otherwise - a good book.
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What is it to be a king? 8 Jun. 2008
By A. Anderson - Published on
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I expected a relatively brief history of the Bourbon kings, ending (almost) with Louis XVI, beheaded in the Revolution. Instead, Sheen writes of the evolution of the relationship between kings and country. What begins as an essentially war lord position, where success and victory lead to a family inheriting ownership of land and people changes with time to be a relationship of obligation of a monarch over an increasing "free" people, who hold themselves as equals in rights to a throne once believed to be consecrated by God. The personalities, strengths and weaknesses of the wearers of the crown impact this progress, speeding or slowing the changes in the making of a modern concept of nation hood. This a not a series of biographies but a well written, clearly stated history of the throne and a continuance of the larger discussion of the purposes of government. Highly recommended.
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fabulous 28 Feb. 2014
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This is a wonderful but brief history of the Bourbon dynasty. It covers all the most cogent points of each king's reign. It is a easy read and never slow or boring. Anyone interested in French history, can use this book as a jumping off point to explore and understand how the Bourbon dynasty met such an ignominious end.
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