Louis XIV's Army

Louis XIV's Army

Men-at-Arms 203
  • Author: René Chartrand
  • Illustrator: Francis Back
  • Short code: MAA 203
  • Publication Date: 24 Nov 1988
  • ISBN: 9780850458503
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

Louis XIV's army was in many ways the first modern army. After assuming power in 1661, Louis abolished the post of Colonel Général of Infantry so he could exercise direct control over the armed forces in his realm. The king demanded order, discipline and absolute loyalty from his army, and he introduced a military draft in 1688 - the first step towards what we know as conscription in modern armies. This book chronicles the development of Louis XIV's army during his 54-year reign, including the units, uniforms and weapons of the elite Maison du Roi. Numerous illustrations portray the uniforms, colours and standards of his troops in vivid detail.

Biographical Note

René Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including over 30 Osprey titles. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec, with his wife and two sons. Francis Back is a talented military artist, especially sought after for his portrayals of the Napoleonic period. He has illustrated several books for Osprey including Men-at-Arms 211: Napoleon's Overseas Army and Men-at-Arms 227: Napoleon's Sea Soldiers.


Chronology The Era of Louis XIV The Army in 1661 Units, Uniforms and Weapons: Maison du Roi Line Infantry Line Cavalry Colours and Standards The Plates

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