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The Rise and Fall of Renaissance France: 1483-1610 Paperback – January 21, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0631227298 ISBN-10: 0631227296 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (January 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631227296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631227298
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Knecht has created a synthesis of the most up-to-date research . . . and at the same time restored narrative to history." The late J. Russell Major <!--end-->

"The book deserves to establish itself as the standard account in English of this most complicated of centuries in French History." Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Oxford (of the last edition)

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In the new edition of this fascinating history, R. J. Knecht clearly and authoritatively describes the rise and fall of France in the sixteenth century. Drawing on more than forty years of research into primary and secondary sources, he combines narrative with analysis, whilst also reflecting on the cultural, economic and social contexts in which events occurred.

Now updated to take account of new research in the USA, Britain and France since 1996, this is the most comprehensive and balanced history of sixteenth-century France availbale in English. For the revised edition the bibliography has also been brought up to date to ensure that the book remains indispensable reading for anyone interested in French history and culture, or Renaissance and Reformation Europe.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on May 9, 2010
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I ordered this book because I needed a solid foundation in Renaissance France's history. Because I had been using the same edition via the library, I knew this would be a good choice, and I wasn't disappointed. While it definitely falls into the category of academic books, the author has done an excellent job of instilling the passions and emotions of the people involved in the happenings that he covers.
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I originally read a shorter book by this author and liked it better. This can be a bit unwieldy. The first part of the book is dry. If you push through there are some passages that are gems later. After reading this book through, I'd recommend it more as a reference than a narrative history.
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