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The Princely Courts of Europe 1500-1750

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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
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Published December 31st 2000 by Phoenix Illustrated (first published 1999)
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Michael Smith
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Elizabeth
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Using this one as a reference for "Mistress of the Vatican." In fact, the author of "Mistress" lists this same book as a reference. Reveals how papacy operated much like regencies throughout Europe between 1500-1750. Illustrations.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
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.
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