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Court (monarchical)
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1. Function

The monarchical or princely court everywhere in Europe in the early modern period was at once a center of political power and a focus of social life for the noble elite (Nobility). Courtly culture and its vision of the ideal life as lived by the courtier exerted a defining influence (Cortegiano; see below, 5.1.) primarily on the culture of the nobility…

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Asch, Ronald G., Steigerwald, Jörn, Spohr, Arne, Kollbach, Claudia and Kanz, Roland, “Court (monarchical)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021027>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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