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Walled Towns and the Shaping of France

From the Medieval to the Early Modern Era

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. The Walls Go Up (900–1325)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Wolfe
      Pages 19-38
  3. The Walls Move Outward (1325–1600)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Michael Wolfe
      Pages 57-74
    3. Michael Wolfe
      Pages 75-95
    4. Michael Wolfe
      Pages 97-120
  4. The Walls Come Down (1600–1750)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Michael Wolfe
      Pages 123-146
    3. Michael Wolfe
      Pages 147-170
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 175-266

About this book


This book focuses on the development of towns in France, taking into account military technology, physical geography, shifting regional networks tying urban communities together, and the emergence of new forms of public authority and civic life.


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About the authors

MICHAEL WOLFE is Associate Dean of the Graduate Division, St. John's University, USA.

Bibliographic information


'Wolfe produces a masterful synthesis of historical literature on town fortifications linking urban, military, and political history while developing a novel interpretive framework assessing French state-building from the perspective of walls: their construction, maintenance, and eventual destruction, and the contests to control these processes. Wolfe's book should be read by all French historians as well as scholars of urban, military, and architectural history. Superb.' American Historical Review

"This book covers much new ground in relating the history of France's town-walls and fortifications to the general history of the country. It is based on a formidable reading of the scattered sources, and will lead many readers to material that they had not known." - David Buisseret, formerly Garrett Professor of History, University of Texas at Arlington