There are two things I like about this lesson. One is the process of how Richelieu sidestepped the nobility by creating a new corps of royal governors, the intendants, while letting the nobles keep their titles and pensions. While this was an expensive way to run a government, it allowed the crown to gradually marginalize the nobles, a process completed by the French Revolution. Unfortunately, the crown would be replaced by the same event it helped set up.
The second thing I like is the picture essay on the French Baroque, in particular Peter Paul Reubens' bombastic series of 23 giant paintings on the life of Marie de Medici. The rest of the Baroque is covered in another lesson.
This is a self-contained PowerPoint that develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia to spice up your class.
NOTE: If this Powerpoint doesn’t come in the new color scheme, it comes with one slide that has the whole flowchart in the newer color scheme, if you want to convert the other slides. I’m in the process of converting all the Powerpoints to the new color scheme over the next year. Check the free preview to see if this particular lesson has been converted yet.
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