Fighting over quiche
I’d like to think the Habsburgs and Bourbons fought over the territory of Lorraine because it held the secret to Duke Leopold’s quiche recipe, but Phil McCluskey’s new article doesn’t even mention it. It’s probably worth a peek anyway…
McCluskey, Phil. “Louis XIV, Duke Leopold I and the Neutrality of Lorraine, 1702–1714.” European History Quarterly 45, no. 1 (January 1, 2015): 34–56.
During the War of the Spanish Succession, the duke of Lorraine trod a difficult path in his attempts to maintain the independence of his state. While Louis XIV agreed in principle to respect his neutrality, the French nevertheless imposed significant restrictions on the duke’s sovereignty. The Grand Alliance, meanwhile, viewed Leopold’s neutrality with suspicion and refused to assist him unless he publicly declared for the coalition. The dissonance in views regarding the status of Lorraine reflected a long-term clash of sovereignties in the region, between France, Lorraine and the Holy Roman Empire. It also reflected the evolving status of neutrality in international relations, as well as attendant tensions within the European dynastic system: though the duke’s policy of neutrality may have saved Lorraine from potential devastation in the war, it severely impeded his dynasty’s ambitions.
His book on Absolute Monarchy on the Frontiers is also worth checking out.
Warning to wordpress users: be careful when using key shortcuts in the new Create Post interface. As I just discovered, trying to italicize text with the old key shortcut will inadvertently post the post. Not good.