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Title: Gascons in Italy, 1494-1515 : the French Renaissance monarchy and its army
Author: Aspin, R. K.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1979
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The thesis begins by exploring in the first chapter the process of increasing dependence of the French nobility upon royal patronage during the fifteenth century. The implications of this growing reliance upon royal favour are assessed in the second chapter in terms of the development of the standing army, and we are introduced to three Gascon companies to estimate the rival claims of King and captain to their proprietorship. The chapter continues by examining some of the characteristics of the gendarmerie, and ends by outlining the importance of service in Italy in the careers of our sample units and its effects on their composition. These three specimen companies form the basis of a study in chapters three and four of the opportunities for gain and promotion and the perils of death, wounding and capture afforded by Italian service. In chapter five the moral quality of the gendarmerie is investigated and an assessment made of the degree to which the Crown could rely upon the good conduct of its servants in Italy. The sixth chapter continues by exploring the relations of French soldiers with Italians and other foreigners across the Alps and examining the impression made upon the French by contact with the peninsula. The thesis concludes with descriptions of the careers of two Gascons who attained supreme command in Italy, with particular reference to their relations with the King and the impact of these upon their conduct of affairs. An appendix provides brief biographies of four other Gascon captains with important Italian careers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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