The Bourgeoisie and Feudal-Absolutism in Seventeenth-Century France

  • Boris Porshnev


A comparison enforces itself spontaneously between the Fronde and another failed attempt at bourgeois revolution, the German Reformation of the sixteenth century. In both instances, the bourgeoisie was afraid of the leap forward made by the popular revolution and betrayed its own cause accordingly. In both instances, representatives of the feudal nobility, acting in their own interest, adopted certain slogans and revolutionary demands. Equally, in both instances, the peasantry paid the cost of bourgeois betrayal. It would be unwise, however, to push this comparison too far. Although analogies may be drawn between them, we must not ignore the deep divergence between the historical situations of sixteenth-century Germany and seventeenth-century France.


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