By Philip F. Riley
Midway via his reign, within the severe decade of the 1680s, the lusty picture of Louis XIV paled and was once changed by way of that of a straitlaced monarch dedicated to locking up blasphemers, borrowers, gamblers, and prostitutes in wretched, foul-smelling prisons that disbursed abundant doses of Catholic-Reformation advantage. the writer demonstrates how this assault on sin expressed the punitive social coverage of the French Catholic Reformation and the way Louis's activities clarified the criminal and ethical differences among crime and sin.
As a hot-blooded younger prince, Louis XIV paid little awareness to advantage or to sin and, regardless of his loved name of God's so much Christian King, violations of God's 6th and 9th Commandments by no means stricken him. certainly, for the 1st twenty years of his reign, he paraded a circulate of royal mistresses earlier than all of Europe and fathered 16 illegitimate childrens. but, halfway via his reign, within the serious decade of the 1680s, the lusty photograph of Louis XIV paled and used to be changed via that of a straitlaced monarch dedicated to locking up blasphemers, borrowers, gamblers, and prostitutes in wretched, foul-smelling prisons that disbursed plentiful doses of Catholic-Reformation virtue.
Using police and felony data, administrative correspondence, memoirs, and letters, Riley describes the formation of Louis's slim moral sense and his efforts to guard his matters' souls through attacking sin and infusing his nation with advantage, specially in Paris and at Versailles. all through his assault on sin, women--so-called infantrymen of Satan--were the unique objectives of the police. via the 17th century, fornication and adultery had develop into solely girl crimes; males in charge of those sins have been not often punished as critically. even supposing unsuccessful, Louis's assault on sin clarified the criminal and ethical differences among crime and sin in addition to the futility of imposing a religiously encouraged social coverage on an irreverent, secular-minded France.
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A Lust for Virtue: Louis XIV's Attack on Sin in Seventeenth-Century France (Contributions in Afro-American & African Studies) by Philip F. Riley