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This review is from: The Wars of Louis XIV 1667-1714 (Modern Wars In Perspective) (Paperback)
Louis XIV seems to have been left behind by history. Few French books cover his reign compared to say Napoléon Bonaparte. In the Anglo-Saxon world he is probably better known for persecuting protestants or wearing preposterous wigs. Yet the power of France in his reign rose, fell and then ultimately triumphed as he abolished the Pyrenees.

John Lynn's book, based mostly on Quincy, views each war and each campaign on a theatre by theatre basis. This pattern allows one to see the enormous effort required of these early modern states in maintaining armies in excess of 100,000 men over many theatres, and supplying them with money and victuals. No matter how glorious war was felt to be it was ultimately a matter of intendants and wagons. This is an excellent one volume summary from an excellent series.
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Initial post: 24 Mar 2012 16:48:04 GMT
Eileen Shaw says:
Hopeless gaps in my knowledge and understanding, but I really would like to know how anyone could abolish the Pyrenees?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 07:32:21 BDT
To the Sun King little was impossible. The effects of removing the mountains as a warring frontier between enemy nations must have been considerable (akin to the effect on the Border between Scotland and England) though the Regent d'Orleans sent a French army back into Spain in the decade after Louis's death.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 14:44:20 BDT
Eileen Shaw says:
Aha - I begin to see your drift.... Thanks for responding!
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