- By John A. Lynn

Giant of the Grand Siècle: The French Army, 1610-1715

  • Title: Giant of the Grand Siècle: The French Army, 1610-1715
  • Author: John A. Lynn
  • ISBN: 9780521572736
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Giant of the Grand Si cle The French Army An invisible giant the seventeeth century French army was the largest and hungriest institution of the Bourbon monarchy yet it has received incomplete treatment and is poorly understood Combining soc

    An invisible giant, the seventeeth century French army was the largest and hungriest institution of the Bourbon monarchy yet it has received incomplete treatment and is poorly understood Combining social and cultural emphases with traditional institutional and operational concerns, this book examines the army in depth, studying recruitment, composition, disciplineAn invisible giant, the seventeeth century French army was the largest and hungriest institution of the Bourbon monarchy yet it has received incomplete treatment and is poorly understood Combining social and cultural emphases with traditional institutional and operational concerns, this book examines the army in depth, studying recruitment, composition, discipline, motivation, selection of officers, leadership, administration, logistics, weaponry, tactics, field warfare, and siegecraft The portrait that emerges differs from what current scholarship might have predicted Instead of claiming that a military revolution transformed warfare, Lynn stresses evolutionary change Questioning widely held assumptions about state formation and coercion, he argues that this standing army was primarily devoted to border defense, and only rarely to internal repression.

    1 thought on “Giant of the Grand Siècle: The French Army, 1610-1715

    1. This is a highly valuable work that fills a major gap in Ludovican historiography. Professor Lynn provides the first detailed study of the French army in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. He stresses that the army was the largest institution created by the Bourbon monarchy, and it played a significant role in France's rise to European dominance during the grand siecle. The author examines the tremendous growth of the French army along with its administration and supply, military co [...]

    2. Lynn's work is the go-to English language book for learning about the French military in the 17th century.

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