Why was Louis XIV successful in pacifying the same aristocrats who had caused so much trouble for Richelieu and Mazarin? What role did absolutism play in reinforming or changing the traditional social system in seventeenth-century France? Here Professor Beik argues that the answers to these questions lie in the relationship between the regional aristocracy and the crown.Beik, William is the author of 'Absolutism and Society in Seventeenth-Century France: State Power and Provincial Aristocracy in Languedoc', published 1989 under ISBN 9780521367820 and ISBN 0521367824.
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