Vienna and Versailles
The Courts of Europe's Dynastic Rivals, 1550 1780
By (author) Jeroen Duindam
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Vienna and Versailles by Jeroen Duindam
Book DescriptionThis book brings vividly to life the courtiers and servants of the imperial court in Vienna and the royal court at Paris-Versailles. Drawing on a wealth of material masterfully set in a comparative context, the book makes a unique contribution to the field of court studies. Staff, numbers, costs and hierarchies; daily routines and ceremonies; court favourites and the nature of rulership; the integrative and centripetal forces of the central courtly establishment: all are seen in a long-term, comparative perspective that highlights both the similarities and the distinctiveness of developments in France and the Habsburg lands. In the process, most conventional views of each court - and of court life in general - are challenged, and an alternative interpretation emerges. Finally, by relocating the household in the heart of the early modern state, Vienna and Versailles forces us to rethink the process of statebuilding and the notion of 'absolutism'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521714761
(247mm x 174mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A vibrant and broad-ranging study of dynastic power in the late medieval and early modern world.
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Author Biography - Jeroen Duindam
Jeroen Duindam is Lecturer in History, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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