The marquis, who was the son of a military advisor, believed the army was the basis of Frances’s power. France, he thought, was threatened by countries near them, such as the Holy Roman Empire. So, money should be spent on the army and fortifying the border.

Works Referenced

Chambers, Mortimer; Grew, Raymond; Herlihy, David; Rabb, Theodore K.; Woloch, Isser. _The Western Experience: Sixth Edition_. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991.