The Fronde by Orest Ranum
A French Revolution, 1648-1652 (Revolutions in the Modern World)

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The "Fronde" was a long period of instability, violence and war that swept France between the years 1648-52 when Mazarin's unpopularity and high taxes marked the outbreak of revolution. The state administrators became lawbreakers as the treasurers declined tax payments, bringing the administrative machinery to a near-halt. The judges of Paris refused to hear cases and it became a contest of wills between the ministry and the crown. After this occurred in Paris, the protest of merchants, artisans and peasants was soon to follow. This is the story of that revolution, of the events and personalities that constituted the "Fronde".

About Orest Ranum

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published December 1, 1993 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 386 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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