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Captives and CorsairsFrance and Slavery in the Early Modern Mediterranean$
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Gillian Weiss

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770002

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770002.001.0001

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Manumission and Absolute Monarchy

Manumission and Absolute Monarchy

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(p.52) Chapter Three Manumission and Absolute Monarchy
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Captives and Corsairs
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770002.003.0004

This chapter focuses on Louis XIV's ascent to power in 1660 and his bid to establish a formidable, prosperous, and cohesive polity based on the co-option of volatile places and peoples—and the symbolic expurgation of Islam. This discussions include the transformation of Marseikes from a maritime outpost with suspect allegiances yet de facto responsibility for Franco–North African relations into a cosmopolitan port with an imposing citadel and formal oversight over all goods and individuals entering France from Muslim territories; French diplomatic efforts to free thousands of captives in North Africa; the ascension of Mulay Isma'il which changed the dynamic of slavery in Morocco; and reintegration rites involving former captives.

Keywords:   Louis XIV, Marseilles, France, ports, Mulay Isma'il, Morocco

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