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Put bluntly, common people requested lettres de cachet at a much higher rate than the crown used it on its enemies. She took what could have been a very dry and dull list of complaints and truly breathed some life into these archived letters. The publication of History textbooks needs more editors like her. Thomas Scott-Railton Disorderly Families is a book of stories that were never meant to be told. Most arrestingly, these letters outline how ordinary people seized the mechanisms of power to address the king and make demands in the name of an emerging civil order.

Denis Diderot, the Marquis de Sade, and Voltaire are among this distinguished band. Gathered together, these letters show something other than the exercise of arbitrary royal power, and offer unusual insight into the infamies of daily life.

These and many more are the subjects of requests for confinement written to the king of France in the eighteenth century. Many volumes I've used over the years as a student and then as a writer doing research gloss over this or ignore it completely. If you are looking for a non-fiction book to break up your run of novels, this might be the textbook you wish you could have read in college.

Farge and Foucault have put together an amazing book that lets both the student and the casual reader understand what the world was like for the average French family in their own words. Not an uninteresting tableau.

Scott-Railton dealt with bringing these letters to life across two-and-a-half centuries is very appreciated. Finally, I should compliment Ms. Many volumes I've used over the years as a student and then as a writer doing research gloss over As someone with a B.

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Together, these letters offer unusual insight into the infamies of daily life. For him this mostly means writing about porn, Nietzsche, and climate change, and trying to prove how intimately related those three really are.

Luxon on her role as editor of the book. Nancy Luxon is associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. In the majority, however, there is simply nothing. It's a shame, because it may put off the casual reader from going on to the letters and being fascinated by these missives to the King and his agents.