Court in Exile: The Stuarts in France, 1689-1718

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This study of "a court in exile" covers all aspects of the grandeur of court life. When King James II was deposed during the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688-89, he came with his family to France, where his cousin, Louis XIV allowed him to establish a large court-in-exile in the Château of Saint-Germain near Versailles. The book describes the magnificent setting of the court, the way it was organized, and how the exiled courtiers lived. Particular attention is given to the close relationships between the British and French royal families.
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"...excellent reconstruction and description of the arrangement of rooms...the organization of the well....[a] fine study...excellent..." Kevin Sharpe, Times Literary Supplement

"...Court in Exile is well organized and interestingly written. It should appeal to a wide-range of readers." History

"...fascinating, well written, and thoughtful examination... Without doubt, Court in Exile will be the standard work on the subject for years to come... Through Edward Corp's beautifully produced book... we can appreciate once again just how impressive St. Germain was in its heyday." H-Albion (H-Net)

"It is the pathetic end of the court of St. Germain that most people remember, but Corp and his contributors have done a superb job of reminding us that for almost three decades the Jacobite dream was one of glittering opportunity rather than a nightmare of poverty and defeat. A proper appreciation of the power of Jacobitism to move and inspire thousands requires a reading of this well-produced, well-illustrated, and persuasive book." Sixteenth Century Journal Victor Stater, Louisiana State University

"A Court in Exile is an important contribution both to a well-established scholarly field, Jacobitism, and a relatively new one, court studies, and will long serve as required text for scholars working in those fields, as well as in others. With the publication of this book, the exiled Stuartcourt of 1689-1718 is the most fully described of all Stuart courts." - Eric N. Lindquist, University of Maryland

" excellent and lavishly illustrated book..." -Mark Bryant, H-France Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521584623
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Corp is Professor of British History, University of Toulouse.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. France, Rome and the exiled Stuarts Edward Gregg; 2. The Château Vieux de Saint-Germain; 3. The royal household under James II, 1690–1701; 4. The royal household under James III, 1701–1712; 5. The household servants; 6. The Stuarts and the court of France; 7. The portraits of the Stuarts and their courtiers; 8. The court as centre of Italian music; 9. Poetry at the exiled court (with a section by Howard Erskine-Hill); 10. The court as a centre for Catholicism (with a section by Geoffrey Scott); 11. The education of James III; 12. From France to Lorraine, 1712–1715; 13. From Lorraine to the papal states, 1716–1718; 14. The court of Queen Mary at Saint-Germain, 1712–1718; 15. The Jacobite community at Saint-Germain after 1718; Epilogue; Appendix: the senior household servants; Bibliography.
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