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Midway through his reign, in the critical decade of the 1680s, the lusty image of Louis XIV paled and was replaced by that of a straitlaced monarch committed to locking up blasphemers, debtors, gamblers, and prostitutes in wretched, foul-smelling prisons that dispensed ample doses of Catholic-Reformation virtue. The author demonstrates how this attack on sin expressed the punitive social policy of the French Catholic Reformation and how Louis's actions clarified the legal and moral distinctions between crime and sin.

As a hot-blooded young prince, Louis XIV paid little attention to virtue or to sin and, despite his cherished title of God's Most Christian King, violations of God's Sixth and Ninth Commandments never troubled him. Indeed, for the first two decades of his reign, he paraded a stream of royal mistresses before all of Europe and fathered sixteen illegitimate children. Yet, midway through his reign, in the critical decade of the 1680s, the lusty image of Louis XIV paled and was replaced by that of a straitlaced monarch committed to locking up blasphemers, debtors, gamblers, and prostitutes in wretched, foul-smelling prisons that dispensed ample doses of Catholic-Reformation virtue.

Using police and prison archives, administrative correspondence, memoirs, and letters, Riley describes the formation of Louis's narrow conscience and his efforts to safeguard his subjects' souls by attacking sin and infusing his kingdom with virtue, especially in Paris and at Versailles. Throughout his attack on sin, women--so-called Soldiers of Satan--were the special targets of the police. By the seventeenth century, fornication and adultery had become exclusively female crimes; men guilty of these sins were rarely punished as severely. Although unsuccessful, Louis's attack on sin clarified the legal and moral distinctions between crime and sin as well as the futility of enforcing a religiously inspired social policy on an irreverent, secular-minded France.

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Riley (history, James Madison U.) examines Louis XIV's emphasis on virtue in his desire to safeguard his subjects' souls and maintain the stability of his kingdom. Coverage includes Louis XIV's understanding of virtue and his attack on sin in Paris; an examination of why women were special targets of this attack; the formation of Louis XIV's moral stand; the role of his second wife, Mme de Maintenon, in clarifying his understanding of sin; and the ways in which the royal attitude toward sin affected the theater and the court.
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Midway through his reign, in the critical decade of the 1680s, the lusty image of Louis XIV paled and was replaced by that of a straitlaced monarch committed to locking up blasphemers, debtors, gamblers, and prostitutes in wretched, foul-smelling prisons that dispensed ample doses of Catholic-Reformation virtue. The author demonstrates how this attack on sin expressed the punitive social policy of the French Catholic Reformation and how Louis's actions clarified the legal and moral distinctions between crime and sin.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-191) and index.

About the Author

PHILIP F. RILEY teaches in the Department of History at James Madison University. He is the co-author of The Global Experience: Readings in World History to 1500 and The Global Experience: Readings in World History Since 1500, (2001) and with Michael D. Richards, Term Paper Resource Guide to Twentieth-Century World History (Greenwood Press, 2000). He is a recipient of the James Madison University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Lust for Virtue

Watchdog of Parisian Sin

Soldiers of Satan

Adultery Most Royal

Safeguarding Souls

Courtly Sin

Conclusion

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313317088
Author:
Riley, Philip F.
Publisher:
Greenwood Press
Author:
Riley, Philip
Location:
Westport, Conn.
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
France
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Church and state
Subject:
Sin
Subject:
Counter-Reformation
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Church and state -- France -- History.
Subject:
Louis - Religion
Subject:
World History-France
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Contributions to the Study of World History
Series Volume:
no. 9no. 88
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.66x6.50x.89 in. 1.17 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Midway through his reign, in the critical decade of the 1680s, the lusty image of Louis XIV paled and was replaced by that of a straitlaced monarch committed to locking up blasphemers, debtors, gamblers, and prostitutes in wretched, foul-smelling prisons that dispensed ample doses of Catholic-Reformation virtue. The author demonstrates how this attack on sin expressed the punitive social policy of the French Catholic Reformation and how Louis's actions clarified the legal and moral distinctions between crime and sin.
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