Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

10. Agency Government in Louis XIV’s France

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter investigates the military treasuries for the land forces under Louis XIV. The Treasury of the Extraordinaire des Guerres funded the vast bulk of the royal army under Louis XIV, disbursing between two-thirds and three-quarters of all war-related expenditure. The chapter looks at the situation and developments related to the elite units of the armed forces, where possibly the greatest principal-agent problem is in the entire French state. The most senior of the smaller military treasuries serving the elite soldiers was that of the Ordinaire des Guerres. Enjoying a clearly designated structure since at least 1543, the Ordinaire des Guerres Treasury was recast in the first decade of Louis XIV's 'personal rule', like a certain amount of the state's financial machinery. By then, its treasurers general covered all expenditure that had been thought necessary around a century earlier for a permanent royal force, with the gendarmerie at its core.

Keywords: armed forces; elite soldiers; French state; Louis XIV; military treasuries

10.1163/9789004271302_012
/content/books/b9789004271302_012
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    War, Entrepreneurs, and the State in Europe and the Mediterranean, 1300-1800 — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation