Saturday, March 27, 2004

France, History Of, Monarchy and church

In the 18th century the king still thought of himself as the feudal suzerain of his subjects. Familial imagery was an important component of royal rhetoric; the king of France was father of his subjects. His right to reign echoed all husbands' right to rule over their wives and all fathers' right to rule over their children. His messages, however draconian and confiscatory

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