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While this book wasn't as irritating as some, I felt Kerr was stuck in the 19th century mind-set regarding Louis XI. Having read Paul Murray Kendall's history of Louis XI just previous to this one, I was struck by Kerr's scant attention to the relationship that Louis formed with Coeur during the reign of Charles VII. My suspicion is that it might have been from Coeur that Louis gained his appreciation and understanding of good finances and the place that trade and industry could have in his ...more