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This work has highlighted the variety of instruments in the Crown's coercive repertoire and emphasized the importance of coercive forces other than those of the regular, standing army.It is hoped that the present work has demonstrated the inadequacy of such accounts and has illustrated the considerable challenges posed by some of these revolts and the complexities involved in the use of coercive measures within the kingdom.It is hoped that the present work has demonstrated that such claims concerning the efficacy of the army as an instrument of domestic coercion are greatly exaggerated.The sheer variety of the instruments of coercion outlined in this study suggests that coercive power within the French state remained decentralized to a surprising degree.The various coercive institutions described in this work acted in the service of the king and responded to the orders of royal officials.

Keywords: challenges; coercive repertoire; Crown; decentralized; efficacy of army; instrument; revolt



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