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Regional Crisis And Royal Consolidation: The Revolts Of 1675

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This chapter will demonstrate two things: first, that the generally accepted interpretation of the repression is inaccurate: Louis XIV was not a brutal monarch seeking to inflict a severe punishment on a rebellious populace, using the army as his instrument of bloody retribution.The second argument of this chapter is that in his response to this revolt, Louis XIV was driven more by opportunistic calculations than by a sense of righteous indignation or wounded gloire.The chapter begins with a narrative of the revolt in the two key cities of Rennes and Nantes and in the countryside of Lower Brittany.Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it is hoped that this chapter has demonstrated that the French Crown viewed the revolts in Brittany and Bordeaux not only as threats, but also as excellent opportunities both to reap some financial advantage and to increase the Crown's leverage in the province.

Keywords: brutal; Consolidation:The Revolts; gloire; Louis XIV; Regional Crisi; theats



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