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