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This is an auction for CARNIVAL: A PEOPLE'S UPRISING AT ROMANS 1579-1580, by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. reviews:

"FIVE STARS!! As European feudalism merged with mercantilism a new social order came into being, which continued to define French social dynamics up to The Revolution of 1789. The aristocracy of the sword was challenged by the new aristocracy of the robe. Carnival in Romans is a vivid and totally engrossing picture of how the power of money challenged the power of chivalric honour and landed privilege. Besides the didactic merit of the book, the uniquely intimate picture of how the people of one town lived out these underlying shifts of culture and power is riveting. And, one is reminded of the constant in the life of ancien regime France: the peasant is cheated, suffers, and pays."

"FIVE STARS!!! Leroy Ladurie takes a de constructionist look at the erosion of the tax base in pre revolutionary France, and the political impacts of maintaining a large privileged elite exempt from tax, increasing the fiscal burden to be paid by the proportionally ever smaller tax paying classes. Ultimately, this led to the fall of the throne, but this book explores the pre revolutionary era prior to the revolution when the Mardi Gras festivities provided a satirical opportunity for the oppressed lower social orders to express their dissatisfaction. The form of the Mardi Gras itself is itself the basis of the contemporary narrative structure of the British pantomime - chaotic but formal role changing, reversal, and cross dressing."

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Hardback 1980.

426 pages.

A small tear in the dust jacket. Otherwise, very good condition.

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