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This is the introductory chapter of the book War, Domination, and the Monarchy of France: Claude de Seyssel and the Language of Politics in the Renaissance. From the perspective of historians, Seyssel and his work illustrate the connection between French war and the creation of the state in the Renaissance. The book subjects the political writings of Seyssel to a rhetorical analysis to show how they interrelate in his political, social, and geographical context. There is also a chronological gap that separates the subject of the book from what is commonly accepted as the beginning of the Renaissance in France. The book argues that Seyssel’s recognition of Swiss military strength, which he believed mirrored that of ancient Rome, provided the foundation for his appreciation of popular government. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book are organized.

Keywords: Claude de Seyssel; French war; Monarchy of France; Renaissance; Swiss military



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