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The Princely Courts of Europe 1500-1750
by John Adamson
In the period between the Renaissance and the French Revolution, the court was paramount in European political and cultural life. It was not only the princes' place of residence, it functioned as the seat of government, the stage for factional and dynastic rivalries, and often as a major source of artistic patronage. Take a tour of twelve of the great European courts. Lear ...more
Published December 31st 2000 by Phoenix Illustrated
(first published 1999)
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Any aristocracy wants to extend its influence socially and geographically, and its first task in that pursuit is to be noticed, especially by means of very conspicuous consumption. In Europe between the Renaissance and the French Revolution, this meant the development of the court as probably the most important influence in a nation’s political and cultural life. This lush volume surveys twelve of the great courts, from England, France, Russia, and Spain, to the princely establishments of Floren ...more
Dec 22, 2009 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides marked it as maybe-read-sometime · review of another edition
The introduction seemed to be long because it could be, and the chapter on the courts of France and Navarre was kind of dull. Some parts of the introduction, which discuss the past historiographical study on courts (or lack thereof), are interesting, but I'm not sure how correct it is.