List of plates; List of figures; Preface to new edition; List of abbreviations; 1. Childhood and youth; 2. France in 1515; 3. King of France; 4. Marignano and after; 5. 'The most Christian king'; 6. The king and his court; 7. Humanism and heresy; 8. Valois versus Habsburg; 9. The sinews of war; 10. Treason; 11. Defeat and captivity; 12. The king's return (1526-28); 13. The 'peace of the ladies' (1529); 14. Protestants and Turks; 15. The threat of heresy; 16. Montmorency's triumph (1535-36); 17. Domestic issues; 18. Poverty and wealth; 19. France overseas; 20. Fruitless entente (1538-42); 21. Madrid and Fontainebleau; 22. Patron of the arts; 23. 'Father of letters'; 24. The return to war (1542-44); 25. Gathering clouds (1544-47); 26. An absolute monarch?; 27. 'Le roy est mort! Vive le roy!'; Epilogue; Note on coinage; Manuscript sources; Select bibliography; Index.
'It should be in every research library and carefully studied by every student of the period. There is no comparable work in English ...'. J. Russell Major, American Historical Review 'Knecht's study of Francis I is certainly the point of departure for all those who wish to reflect on these matters. They may be somewhat repelled by the chief player, but they will be richly entertained and instructed.' David Parker, Times Literary Supplement 'The original book [Francis I] ... quickly took its place as one of the most important books on the period in any language ... What is involved here is not just a revision; Knecht has in fact produced a substantially new book, on a grander scale.' David Potter, European History Quarterly ' ... well structured and well written. Students and specialists alike are presented with a reasonable case for analysing Francis on his own terms and Knecht finds him deserving of a more significant place in French history than he has often been allowed'. History Review