May 14, 2003

Notes: Franklin Ford: French Nobility

From Franklin Ford (1953), Robe and Sword (Cambridge: Harvard University Press), p. vii: But consider the same class a century later, in the 1780s. It had ruined Maupeou and Turgot, reconquered every bishopric in the realm, imposed the rule of four quarterings of nobility for high army appointments, and forced the monarchy into a cowed, ultimately fatal solicitude for privileged interests.... [T]heorists such as Pereto and Sorel have sneered at the humanitarian anemia which had sapped its capacity for violence in its own defense. Nevertheless, the French aristocracy, if it did not have the strength to suppress revolution, had at least recovered enough strength to make revolution inevitable...

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