Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Royal finances in the Third Reign of Louis XIV

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter



School/Research organisations


This essay in a volume of essays on the "Third Reign" of Louis XIV seeks to establish when there was a turning-point in the state of royal finances during the personal rule of Louis XIV, as the state ran into mounting difficulties in the face of pan-European warfare that put an increasing strain on the fiscal-military system that had earlier been remodeled by Jean-Baptiste Colbert and the marquis de Louvois. It examines the legacy of Colbert's tenure of office as finance minister, and by looking at fiscal, monetary, credit and expenditure dimensions of royal finances it situates the financial turning-point of the reign in the early 1690s, particularly 1692, when the fiscal-military constitution Louis XIV established in the first part of his personal rule had to give way to far more expedients and a level of credit-raising that would be unsustainable in the long term.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Third Reign of Louis XIV, c.1682-1715
EditorsJulia Prest, Guy Rowlands
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315552262
ISBN (Print)9781472475008, 9780367264109
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Publication series

NamePolitics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750

    Research areas

  • France, Louis XIV, Personal Rule, Financial History

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Life after death in foreign lands: Louis XIV and Anglo-American historians

    Rowlands, G. R., 22 Jun 2018, Penser l'après Louis XIV. Histoire, mémoires, représentations (1715-2015). Externbrink, S. & Levillain, C-E. (eds.). Paris: Honoré Champion, p. 179-210 (Dix-Huitième Siècle).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Keep right on to the end of the road: the stamina of the French army in the War of the Spanish Succession

    Rowlands, G. R., 1 Feb 2018, The War of the Spanish Succession: new perspectives. Schaich, M. & Pohlig, M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, (Studies of the German Historical Institute London).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. The third reign of Louis XIV, c. 1682-1715

    Prest, J. T. (ed.) & Rowlands, G. R. (ed.), 1 Dec 2016, London; New York: Routledge. 224 p. (Politics and culture in Europe, 1650-1750)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  4. Les armées de Louis XIV comme sociétés de cour

    Rowlands, G. R., Jun 2015, Combattre et gouverner: Dynamiques de l’histoire militaire de l’époque moderne (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles). Fonck, B. & Genet-Rouffiac, N. (eds.). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, p. 281-296 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  5. ‘The Capitalisation of Foreign Mercenaries in Louis XIV’s France’

    Rowlands, G. R., 2015, (Accepted/In press) Die Kapitalisierung des Krieges. Kriegsunternehmer im Spätmittelalter und in der Frühen Neuzeit / The Capitalisation of War. Military entrepreneurs in the late Middle Ages and the early modern period. Meinhardt, M. & Meumann, M. (eds.). Münster/Berlin: Lit-Verlag

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

ID: 251991574