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In The Chevalier de Montmagny, Jean-Claude Dubé documents the extraordinary career of Charles Huault de Montmagny, first governor of the colony of New France. Born in Paris in 1601, and educated by the Jesuits, Montmagny studied law at the Université d'Orléans, joined the Order of Malta, and enjoyed a colourful career as a Hospitalier privateer in the Mediterranean, before arriving in New France in the spring of 1636.

While Montmagny wasted little time in applying the experience he gained fighting the Ottoman Turks to New France's disputes with the Iroquois, he has also been credited with playing a key role in both ensuring the survival of the colony and the entrenchment of a religious elite. His exploits caught the imagination of Cyrano de Bergerac, who later cast Montmagny as a character in his novel L'autre monde.

This well-documented study - which in its original French edition was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award in 1999 - adds an important dimension to our understanding of the social, religious, and political history of New France.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Maps
  2. p. xi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xxii
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  1. List of abbreviations used in the tables
  2. p. xxiii
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  1. List of abbreviations used in the notes
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. 1. The Ancestry of the Chevalier de Montmagny
  2. pp. 3-36
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  1. 2. The Huault de Montmagny family in the Seventeenth Century
  2. pp. 37-62
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  1. 3. A First Direction: The Robe
  2. pp. 63-84
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  1. 4. Corsair for Christ
  2. pp. 85-116
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  1. 5. From the Mediterranean to the Saint Lawrence
  2. pp. 117-142
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  1. 6. Onontio
  2. pp. 143-194
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  1. 7. "Wise and Prudent Conduct"in the Internal Management of the Colony
  2. pp. 195-232
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  1. 8. Reality and Fiction
  2. pp. 233-256
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  1. 9. On the Service of the Order of Malta in the Antilles
  2. pp. 257-288
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  1. Conclusion: 'Faitz bien et laisse dire'
  2. pp. 289-294
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 295-358
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 359-362
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 363-376
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 377-381
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780776617053
Related ISBN
9780776605593
MARC Record
OCLC
607606454
Pages
430
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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