Princes, Patronage, and the Nobility: The Court at the Beginning of the Modern Age, C.1450-1650

Princes, Patronage, and the Nobility: The Court at the Beginning of the Modern Age, C.1450-1650

by Ronald G. Asch, Adolf M. Birke
     
 

Using a comparative perspective, this volume studies the court as a crucial center of government and politics, as well as the dominant focus for the ruling elites. The essays explore how the early modern court gradually developed from the medieval royal household to its very different form in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Comparing England, Germany,

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Using a comparative perspective, this volume studies the court as a crucial center of government and politics, as well as the dominant focus for the ruling elites. The essays explore how the early modern court gradually developed from the medieval royal household to its very different form in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Comparing England, Germany, France, Spain as well as the Netherlands and Italy, the editors find that several common themes emerge: the problem of integrating a number of often vastly different provinces and principalities through the attraction of a court; the capital city's function as the basis of the court and as its rival; the role of the Court during the great religious conflicts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; and the court as an instrument for domesticating the nobility and a stronghold of aristocratic influence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199205028
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/25/1991
Series:
Studies of the German Historical Institute, London Series
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.43(d)

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