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Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France: Currency, Culture, and the State

Jotham Parsons


Coinage and currency—abstract and socially created units of value and power—were basic to early modern society. By controlling money, the people sought to understand and control their complex, expanding, and interdependent world. This book investigates the creation and circulation of currency in France. The royal Cour des Monnaies centralized monetary administration, expanding its role in the emerging modern state during the sixteenth century and assuming new powers as an often controversial repository of theoretical and administrative expertise. The Cour des Monnaies, the book shows, played a ... More

Keywords: Cour des Monnaies, monetary administration, coinage, French currency, money, early modern France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451591
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451591.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jotham Parsons, author
Associate Professor of History, Duquesne University