Nobilities in Transition 1550-1700: Courtiers and Rebels in Britain and Europe

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Explores the transformation of the nobility in the late 16th and 17th centuries in Europe, examining political and social changes, the impact princely courts had on noblemen and women and their way of life and analyzes issues such as the 'refeudalization' of state and society in southern Europe or the increasing urbanization of noble elites in this time period. While paying due attention to the great heterogeneity of the nobility in Europe it nevertheless shows how the adherence to common values and ideals ...

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Overview

Explores the transformation of the nobility in the late 16th and 17th centuries in Europe, examining political and social changes, the impact princely courts had on noblemen and women and their way of life and analyzes issues such as the 'refeudalization' of state and society in southern Europe or the increasing urbanization of noble elites in this time period. While paying due attention to the great heterogeneity of the nobility in Europe it nevertheless shows how the adherence to common values and ideals nevertheless gave noble elites coherence and a shared sense of identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340625286
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/31/2003
  • Series: Reconstructions in Early Modern History] Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald G. Asch is Professor of History, Universitat Freiburg, Germany

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Status and the quest for exclusiveness: the foundations of noble identity 9
2 The changing landscape of noble society 30
3 Education, religion and civility 55
4 The court: prison or showcase of noble life? 80
5 Resistance and rebellion 101
6 Noble power and state formation: towards a new symbiosis? 125
Conclusion 150
Select bibliography 155
Notes 162
Index 217
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