Skip to main content
Back to Results
Cover image of Warrior Pursuits
Cover image of Warrior Pursuits
Share this Title:

Warrior Pursuits

Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France

Brian Sandberg

Publication Date
Binding Type
Request Exam CopyRequest Review Copy

How did warrior nobles’ practices of violence shape provincial society and the royal state in early seventeenth-century France?

Warrior nobles frequently armed themselves for civil war in southern France during the troubled early seventeenth century. These bellicose nobles’ practices of violence shaped provincial society and the royal state in early modern France. The southern French provinces of Guyenne and Languedoc suffered almost continual religious strife and civil conflict between 1598 and 1635, providing an excellent case for investigating the dynamics of early modern civil violence. War…

How did warrior nobles’ practices of violence shape provincial society and the royal state in early seventeenth-century France?

Warrior nobles frequently armed themselves for civil war in southern France during the troubled early seventeenth century. These bellicose nobles’ practices of violence shaped provincial society and the royal state in early modern France. The southern French provinces of Guyenne and Languedoc suffered almost continual religious strife and civil conflict between 1598 and 1635, providing an excellent case for investigating the dynamics of early modern civil violence. Warrior Pursuits constructs a cultural history of civil conflict, analyzing in detail how provincial nobles engaged in revolt and civil warfare during this period. Brian Sandberg’s extensive archival research on noble families in these provinces reveals that violence continued to be a way of life for many French nobles, challenging previous scholarship that depicts a progressive "civilizing" of noble culture.

Sandberg argues that southern French nobles engaged in warrior pursuits—social and cultural practices of violence designed to raise personal military forces and to wage civil warfare in order to advance various political and religious goals. Close relationships between the profession of arms, the bonds of nobility, and the culture of revolt allowed nobles to regard their violent performances as "heroic gestures" and "beautiful warrior acts." Warrior nobles represented the key organizers of civil warfare in the early seventeenth century, orchestrating all aspects of the conduct of civil warfare—from recruitment to combat—according to their own understandings of their warrior pursuits.

Building on the work of Arlette Jouanna and other historians of the nobility, Sandberg provides new perspectives on noble culture, state development, and civil warfare in early modern France. French historians and scholars of the Reformation and the European Wars of Religion will find Warrior Pursuits engaging and insightful.

Jump to
Quick Add
Warrior Pursuits

Brian Sandberg

Publication Date
Binding Type
Request Exam CopyRequest Review Copy
Related

Related Books

Preorder
Cover image of Replayed
Replayed

Henry Lowood
edited by Raiford Guins

$50.00
Quick Add
Replayed

Henry Lowood
edited by Raiford Guins

Publication Date: June 6, 2023
Binding Type
Preorder
Cover image of Making Machines of Animals
Making Machines of Animals

Neal A. Knapp

$60.00
Quick Add
Making Machines of Animals

Neal A. Knapp

Publication Date: May 9, 2023
Binding Type
Preorder
Cover image of A Centaur in London
A Centaur in London

Fabian Kraemer

$60.00
Quick Add
A Centaur in London

Fabian Kraemer

Publication Date: April 25, 2023
Binding Type
Preorder
Cover image of The Interlopers
The Interlopers

Vera Keller

$60.00
Quick Add
The Interlopers

Vera Keller

Publication Date: April 18, 2023
Binding Type
Preorder
Cover image of Winning with Diabetes
Winning with Diabetes

Mark D. Corriere, MD, Rita R. Kalyani, MD, MHS, and Patrick J. Smith
illustrated by Jennifer E. Fairman

$21.95
Quick Add
Winning with Diabetes

Mark D. Corriere, MD, Rita R. Kalyani, MD, MHS, and Patrick J. Smith
illustrated by Jennifer E. Fairman

Publication Date: April 11, 2023
Binding Type
Reviews

Reviews

A remarkable work... Sandberg's study is a major contribution to the history of nobility in Modern France.

Sandberg's solid study certainly complements the work of Arlette Jouanna and Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie and should be welcomed and praised for offering English-speakers a (rather rare) glimpse of Renaissance Languedoc and Guyenne.

An important addition to the literature on the nobility of early modern France.

Brian Sandberg has written one of the most important regional studies of France’s militarized nobility... [A]ll early modern historians will need to read and ponder his conclusions.

Sandberg has gathered a prodigious quantity of information and documentation that shifts attention from the oft-told story of a relentlessly centralizing monarchy to the fluid, insecure, and bellicose behavior of a regional nobility.

See All Reviews
About

Book Details

Publication Date
Status
Available
Trim Size
6
x
9
Pages
424
ISBN
9781421423982
Illustration Description
12 halftones, 1 line drawing
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Note on Citations and Translations
Prologue
Part I
1. The Great Quantity of Nobility That Is Found Here
2. The Grandeur and Magnificence of His Household
3. He Had No Trouble

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Note on Citations and Translations
Prologue
Part I
1. The Great Quantity of Nobility That Is Found Here
2. The Grandeur and Magnificence of His Household
3. He Had No Trouble Helping Himself to Money
Part II
4. With the Assistance of My Particular Friends
5. The Dignity and Authority of Their Charges
6. Actions the Most Perilous Being the Most Honorable
Part III
7. The Call to Arms from All Quarters
8. A Great Multitude of Soldiers
9. The Zeal of This Nobility
Conclusion
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Author Bio
Brian Sandberg
Featured Contributor

Brian Sandberg

Brian Sandberg is an associate professor of history at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of War and Conflict in the Early Modern World: 1500–1700.
Resources

Additional Resources