The Bourbons: The History of a Dynasty

  • Title: The Bourbons: The History of a Dynasty
  • Author: J.H. Shennan
  • ISBN: 9781852855239
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Bourbons The History of a Dynasty The House of Bourbon is one of the most historically important European royal houses Bourbon kings first ruled Navarre and France in the sixteenth century and by the eighteenth century members of the
    The House of Bourbon is one of the most historically important European royal houses Bourbon kings first ruled Navarre and France in the sixteenth century and by the eighteenth century, members of the Bourbon dynasty also held thrones in Spain and southern Italy in fact the current king of Spain is a Bourbon monarch This new history of the Bourbons is notable for beingThe House of Bourbon is one of the most historically important European royal houses Bourbon kings first ruled Navarre and France in the sixteenth century and by the eighteenth century, members of the Bourbon dynasty also held thrones in Spain and southern Italy in fact the current king of Spain is a Bourbon monarch This new history of the Bourbons is notable for being both comprehensive yet concise as it charts the rise, fall and rise again of the great French dynasty.Henry IV, king of Gascony, became king of France after the murder of the last Valois monarch in 1589 The Bourbon rulers who followed, including Louis XIV, the Sun King and Louis XV reigned during a period when France was the leading military power in Europe and when its arts was dominant Louis XIV s palace of Versailles epitomised classical French culture and celebrated the power of its creator France s autocratic government, under which the nobility were largely exempt from taxation, led in the eighteenth century to increasingly severe political and financial strains The French Revolution of 1789 brought about the fall of the Bourbon monarchy and resulted in the execution of Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette In exile under Napoleon, the Bourbons returned to power for fifteen years after 1815 but never fully re established their authority The Bourbons tells their fascinating story.

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    1. I didn't have the problems with this book that the previous reviewer had--it was not a popular history and the writer seemed more interested in the subject of the rights, roles and responsibilities of the King as they played out through that dynasty than in the particular dynasty per se. Was the King's role to be "a custodian" of or an "inherited owner" of the French state? (pg. 96). Each king had to find a balance between his "personal" and his "political" roles and their relationship--often ex [...]

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    2. Shennan manages in a relatively short book compared to the amount of time covered to give an enlightening look into France under the Bourbon kings. I enjoyed it quite a lot. At some point I will consider looking into his other books, as I certainly enjoyed his writing style more than I do many other historians'.

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    3. Didn't I just say something about history books being disorganized sometimesSo you'd thinkyou have FIVE kings to discuss. Not twenty.How hard can that be? Well, if you just throw facts at the reader without putting anything into a timeline or providing any sort of structure--other than separating the kings--it becomes difficult. I felt like I was in the backroom of a poorly run postal serviceI was being tossed all these letters and told to sort, but had no cubbies or anything to sort them into. [...]

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    4. Interesting and comprehensive, with a logical structure, and logical unifying themes. The book tended to focus more on style of kingship and how that effected the polity, but since personality etc plays into that, there were a lot of personal details. I would say the book could have benefited with more interested personal accounts, but it did have a lot of quotes form original sources, which is always nice.It's two main detractions are that the style of writing was a bit dense and tended towards [...]

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    5. Concise history, deals with how the monarchy came to be; mainly deals with the 200 years from about 1600 when the first Bourbon king, Henry IV united the kingdom until the execution of Louis XVI. Excellent characterization of the kings and those people and issues that were important. Seemed very thorough and written interestingly.

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    6. I tried so hard to finish this book. Initially I had aspirations to learn more about the Bourbon line before delving into the individual King's lives, but the text is hard to find interesting to read for pleasure. If you want a birds eye view of the family and the society surrounding France along the Bourbon kingship this is a great start. If you want a more personal look into the people's lives, look elsewhere.I'm not committed to finishing this book. I may pick it up again in the future, but f [...]

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