Princely Courts Of Europe: Ritual, Politics And Culture Under The Ancient Regime 1500 1750 John E. Adamson

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Princely Courts Of Europe: Ritual, Politics And Culture Under The Ancient Regime 1500 1750 by John E. Adamson
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Court life throughout the golden age of Europes ancien régime is invariably imagined as a world of decadent absolutist authority, a closed inner circle from which sovereigns such as James I and Louis XIV exercised complete control over theirMoreCourt life throughout the golden age of Europes ancien régime is invariably imagined as a world of decadent absolutist authority, a closed inner circle from which sovereigns such as James I and Louis XIV exercised complete control over their kingdoms.

In his splendid collection The Princely Courts of Europe: 1500-1750, historian John Adamson brings together a fine group of essays on 12 of the greatest courts in Europe of the period, which offers a far more complicated picture of court life. As Adamson argues in his concise introduction, the court was never a single entity, nor did it offer a single route to patronage or power.

In reality, the separate households of the rulers consort, his heir, even those of powerful ministers, could operate to qualify or sometimes eclipse the authority of the ruler. Subsequent chapters by experts on the courts of the Spanish Habsburgs, the Valois, the Tudors and Stuarts, the House of Orange, Rome, the Hohenzollerns, and the Medici offer fascinating insights into the rituals, etiquette, politics, architecture, art, and daily life of the various courts. At the center of these courts lie some of the greatest and most infamous of all European monarchs, including Henry VIII, Charles V, Louis XIV, and Peter the Great.

What really impresses about The Princely Courts of Europe is its eye for the artistic nature of court life. Lavish color illustrations throughout offer an insight into the visually arresting splendor of court life of the period. It is also admirable in offering interesting insights into the courts of Sweden and Russia, but where are the Ottoman Turks? --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk



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