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From valor to pedigree : ideas of nobility…

From valor to pedigree : ideas of nobility in France in the sixteenth and…

by Ellery Schalk

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This study offers a new interpretation of how nobility was viewed in sixteenth-century France and the changes that occurred in that view as France moved into the period of religious wars and popular rebellions and the appearance of the absolutist state. Challenging the belief that birth always had a primary place in determining noble status, Ellery Schalk finds that initially nobility was understood as a profession of function-the military one-and as something one was-which was to be virtuous-rather than as something one inherited. He shows that it was not until the late 1500s and early 1600s that these concepts were transformed to a more modern perception of nobility as based on birth and gentility, a change that played a significant part in the development of absolutism. Professor Schalk also demonstrates the origins of the sixteenth-century view in the Middle Ages and relates its popularity to ancient and Italian Renaissance traditions; and he carries the study forward toward the later ancient regime and the French Revolution, connecting his conclusions with recent work done on the nobility in these periods. Ellery Schalk is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas, El Paso.

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