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Manners
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1. A social ideal

Manners were understood from the late 15th century as the sum of all behaviors that expressed politeness or courtesy (German Höflichkeit; Italian cortesia, gentilezza; Spanish cortesía; French politesse, civilité, towards ladies also courtoisie and galanterieDame) in practice. These were therefore more than merely forms of conduct corresponding to applicable social rules. Such prescribed co…

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Walther, Gerrit, “Manners”, 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 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023652>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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