Vienna and Versailles: The Courts of Europe's Dynastic Rivals, 1550-1780

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Drawing together a wealth of unpublished material in a comparative framework, this volume recreates the life of the courtiers and servants of the imperial court in Vienna and the royal court in Paris-Versailles from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. It reveals how the royal households operated at the heart of the early modern state and offers original approaches to understanding statebuilding and the concept of "absolutism."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521714761
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2007
  • Series: New Studies in European History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeroen Duindam is Lecturer in History, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
I Prelude
1 Introduction 3
2 The household on the eve of the early modern age 21
II Contours
3 Numbers and costs 45
4 Status and income 90
III Court Life
5 A calendar of court life 131
6 Ceremony and order at court: an unending pursuit 181
IV Power
7 Levels and forms of power at corut 223
8 The court as focus of the realm 260
V Epilogue
9 Conclusions and conjectures 301
Manuscript sources 321
Printed sources 323
Bibliography 328
Index 343
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