Journal Article

Brittany and the French Monarchy in the Sixteenth Century: The Evidence of The Letters of Remission

Michel Nassiet

in French History

Published on behalf of Society for the Study of French History

Volume 17, issue 4, pages 425-439
Published in print December 2003 | ISSN: 0269-1191
Published online December 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4542 | DOI:

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This article analyses the letters of remission granted to inhabitants of Brittany in the sixteenth century, which were registered by the Breton Chancellery and are now located in the Departmental Archives of the Loire-Atlantique. In geographical terms, the letters of remission were most frequently granted to the sénéchaussées of Rennes and Nantes, in other words to the twin seats of the Chancellery, while their incidence diminished westwards, towards the periphery. As to chronological distribution, remissions were most numerous in 1518 and 1532, occasions when the king visited Brittany, which would suggest how much sixteenth-century subjects remained sensitive to the personal dimension of relations with the king. As a group, the nobility was the principal beneficiary of this judicial practice (more than 20 per cent of the letters were granted to them), which thus opens a window on client relations, which were usually based on feudal ties.

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Subjects: European History