By John A. Lynn
An "invisible giant," the seventeeth-century French military used to be the most important and hungriest establishment of the Bourbon monarchy; but it has bought incomplete therapy and is poorly understood. Combining social and cultural emphases with extra conventional institutional and operational issues, this publication examines the military intensive, learning recruitment, composition, self-discipline, motivation, number of officials, management, management, logistics, weaponry, strategies, box conflict, and siegecraft. The portrait that emerges differs from what present scholarship may need estimated. rather than claiming "military revolution" reworked conflict, Lynn stresses evolutionary swap. wondering widely-held assumptions approximately country formation and coercion, he argues that this status military was once essentially dedicated to border protection, and merely infrequently to inner repression.
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Just as Louvois had succeeded his father, now his son, the marquis de Barbezieux, assumed Louvois's office of secretary of state for war. But while Barbezieux held the office, Louis XIV relied more on personal military advisors, notably the marquis de Chamlay, in policy matters. When Barbezieux went to an early grave in 1701, he was followed in office first by Chamillart, and then in 1709 by Voysin. It is generally conceded that those who served as secretaries of state for war after Louvois did not match his competence and energy, and the army suffered accordingly.
His accession to real authority did not end internal strife, as a series of "Princes3 Wars" and other rebellions continued to plague France. Beyond these troubles, Louis XIII also inherited the long struggle with the Hapsburgs that had consumed the sixteenth century. Although Europe's most enduring war at the time, the Eighty Years' War between the Spanish and the Dutch, enjoyed a truce at the time that Louis took the throne, the horribly destructive Thirty Years' War soon broke out in Germany in 1618, and when the truce expired in the Low Countries, they too ignited.
4 million. 27 The monarchy turned to credit due to the inability of revenue to cover the entire costs of conflict and because revenues arrived slowly and on an uncertain schedule, whereas armies needed to be paid promptly at set times to maintain the condition and discipline of the troops. On a certain level, it is hard to separate borrowing from revenue raising. Tax farming and traitis were, in a sense, credit devices, since in both cases, financiers promised and paid (one could say loaned) the monarchy sums in the expectation of being repaid, with interest, by revenues that they were authorized to collect.