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The Bourbons: The History of a Dynasty Hardcover – 28 Feb 2007

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum; First Edition edition (28 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852855231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852855239
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.4 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Shennan (emer., Lancaster Univ.), known for his books on early modern France, particularly his work on the Parlement of Paris, combines erudition and brevity in this overview of the Bourbon dynasty from Henry IV through Louis XVI...The result is a successful, if traditional, approach to the reigns of France's well-known monarchs, bound together by an overall theme: the conflict between proprietorial kingship (the king as owner of his realm and head of a family business, supported by family members and great nobles) and custodial kingship (the king as chief executive officer responsible to the nation, not privileges orders, and supported by a professional, nonvenal bureaucracy)...Overall, a skilful summary of the major themes in early modern kingship, designed for upper-division students...Summing Up: Recommended." D.C. Baxter, CHOICE, March 2008, Vol. 4545, No. 7 --Sanford Lakoff

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

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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 Amazon.com
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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
By lilly - Published on Amazon.com
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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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