While the links between the “English revolution” of the 1640s and the French Revolution of 1789 have been widely explored – in particular the influence of the former on the Enlightenment or the French historiography of the period (Guizot, etc) – the study of interactions or possible comparisons between France and the British Isles in the 1640s and 1650s has been less thoroughly researched and has all but disappeared from recent historiography. Yet many parallels or interactions do exist in the political, social or cultural history of the two countries, with simultaneous political crises challenging royal power and government and simultaneous new models of governance – republican model experimented in the British Isles while absolutism triumphed in France. If the Fronde (1648-1653) and what was called the “English revolution” (1640-1649) cannot be strictly compared, interactions, contacts and crossed representations did exist between the two movements. After a few years of apparent neglect, they need to be reassessed, revised, complemented, taking into account as much as possible the whole of the three kingdoms of the British Isles.
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