Dangerous and Dishonest Men: The International Bankers of Louis XIV’s France

  • Guy Rowlands

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Guy Rowlands
      Pages 1-29
  3. France, Foreign Exchange and the Logistics of International Remitting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Guy Rowlands
      Pages 84-115
  4. The Road to Ruin: French Remittance Banking in the War of the Spanish Succession

  5. Conclusion

    1. Guy Rowlands
      Pages 166-185
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 186-265

About this book


At the start of the eighteenth century Louis XIV needed to remit huge sums of money abroad to support his armies during the War of the Spanish Succession. This book explains how international bankers moved French money across Europe, and how the foreign exchange system was so overloaded by the demands of war that a massive banking crash resulted.


banking crisis eighteenth century Europe France Louis XIV monarchy money

Authors and affiliations

  • Guy Rowlands
    • 1
  1. 1.University of St AndrewsUK

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