The Court Society

Front Cover
University College Dublin Press, 2006 - History - 331 pages
0 Reviews
This classic study of the life of the nobility at the royal court of France, especially under Louis XIV, has long been out of print. Here Elias shows how courtiers - and finally even the king himself - were entrapped in web of etiquette and ceremony, how their expenses, even down to details of their houses and household, were dictated by their rank rather than their income.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Preliminary notes on the problem to be studied
Characteristics of the courtaristocratic figuration
conduct and sentiment of human

6 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Norbert Elias (1897-1990) taught at the University of Frankfurt until his exile from Hitler's Germany. In Britain, he worked at the Universities of London and Leicester, and in retirement was visiting professor in Ghana, Amsterdam, Munster, Bielefeld and many other universities. By the time of his death he was recognized as one of the outstanding social scientists of the twentieth century. His previous Blackwell books include: "The Norbert Elias Reader, The Court Society, The Loneliness of the Dying, Involvement and Detachment, Time: An Essay, The Society of Individuals" and, with Eric Dunning, "Quest for Excitement.

Bibliographic information