Foreign Service in the Age of Absolute Monarchy: Louis XIV and His Forces Étrangères

  title={Foreign Service in the Age of Absolute Monarchy: Louis XIV and His Forces {\'E}trang{\`e}res},
  author={Guy Rowlands},
  journal={War in History},
  pages={141 - 165}
  • G. Rowlands
  • Published 29 March 2010
  • History, Political Science
  • War in History
In the period after the Thirty Years War central state organization of armies went hand in hand with the hiring of foreigners for military service. This article sets out the importance of foreign soldiers for Louis XIV’s military power, and outlines how they were incorporated under the aegis of the French state after 1663. It proposes a fresh typology of foreign recruitment and service, moving beyond simple categories such as mercenary, auxiliary, and entrepreneur, and in the process it further… 

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