To what extent did the Valois – Habsberg conflict, weaken the French monarchy during the period of 1519-1529?
In 1515 Francis I inherited the throne of France.His kingdom covered 459,000 square kilometres with the majority of its population in widely spread towns and cities.The population was about 15million, recovering from the ravages of the Hundred Years war and the Black Death.This had stimulated a recovery of French agriculture.The mining industry was also receiving official encouragement, if only to remedy an acute shortage of silver and German miners were being encouraged to settle in France.The French economy was in good shape with trade booming. .France's relative prosperity allowed the monarchy to effectively collect tax revenues by employing tax collectors.France was also largely self-sufficient so it didn't spend much on imports from other countries.France's oversees trade was expanding as it had regular trade from the Levant, Netherlands, Scandinavia and England.As a result the crown achieved 1300 livres alone from harbour dues each year.But these factors alone did not make the monarchy strong so therefore I must examine the strengths of the monarchy.
Many factors combined to give the impression that the monarchy was in a strong position.Firstly, we have the leadership Francis I who saw himself as a contemporary monarch.He was a Renaissance Prince and took an interest in the arts and new learning.This is how he wanted people to see him.He considered himself as afirst amongst equals.It can also be said that there was no opposition towards his accession to the throne even though Mary Tudor (who married Louis XII just before he died) could have had a son who would make his claim void.Louis XII's second wife did have children but they were all female therefore they were debarred from succession by Salic law.Francis was intelligent, well built and quick-witted which ma…