"Knecht has created a synthesis of the most up-to-date research . .. and at the same time restored narrative to history." The lateJ. Russell Major
"The book deserves to establish itself as the standard accountin English of this most complicated of centuries in FrenchHistory." Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus of ModernHistory, University of Oxford (of the last edition)
From the Back Cover
In the new edition of this fascinating history, R. J. Knechtclearly and authoritatively describes the rise and fall of Francein the sixteenth century. Drawing on more than forty years ofresearch into primary and secondary sources, he combines narrativewith analysis, whilst also reflecting on the cultural, economic andsocial contexts in which events occurred.
Now updated to take account of new research in the USA, Britainand France since 1996, this is the most comprehensive and balancedhistory of sixteenth-century France availbale in English. For therevised edition the bibliography has also been brought up to dateto ensure that the book remains indispensable reading for anyoneinterested in French history and culture, or Renaissance andReformation Europe.