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Ancien R gime means Old Regime or Old Order in French; in English, the term refers primarily to the social and political system established in France under the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, and secondarily to any regime which shares the former's defining features: a feudal system under the control of a powerful absolute monarchy supported by the doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings and the explicit consent of the established Church.


The Ancien R gime developed out of the French monarchy of the Middle Ages, and was swept away centuries later by the French Revolution of 1789. Europe's other ancien r gimes had similar origins, but diverse ends: some gradually became constitutional monarchies, others were torn down by wars and revolutions.


The analogous term "Antiguo R gimen" is often used in Spanish. However, although Spain was strongly affected by the French Revolution and its aftermath, the break was not as sharp as in France.


See also: Old Europe, France under the Ancien R gime


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Ancien regime - definition of Ancien regime in Encyclopedia (134 words)
The Ancien Régime developed out of the French monarchy of the Middle Ages, and was swept away centuries later by the French Revolution of 1789.
Europe's other ancien régimes had similar origins, but diverse ends: some gradually became constitutional monarchies, others were torn down by wars and revolutions.
However, although Spain was strongly affected by the French Revolution and its aftermath, the break was not as sharp as in France.
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