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Becoming a French aristocrat : the education of the court nobility, 1580-1715

Author: Mark Edward Motley
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1990] ©1990
Series: Princeton legacy library
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Focusing on the highest-ranking segment of the nobility, Mark Motley examines why a social group whose very essence was based on hereditary status would need or seek instruction and training for its young. As the "warrior nobility" adopted the courtly life epitomized by Versailles--with its code of etiquette and sensitivity to language and demeanor--education became more than a vehicle for professional training.  Read more...
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Motley, Mark Edward.
Becoming a French aristocrat : the education of the court nobility, 1580-1715.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1990]
x, 241 pages ; 24 cm
(DLC) 10900086
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Edward Motley
ISBN: 9781400861224 1400861225
OCLC Number: 889253244
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (252 pages).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Principal Abbreviations --
Introduction --
Chapter One: Family and Household Education --
Chapter Two: Language and Letters --
Chapter Three: The Academy --
Chapter Four: Entering the World --
Conclusion --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Princeton legacy library
Responsibility: Mark Motley.
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Focusing on the highest-ranking segment of the nobility, Mark Motley examines why a social group whose very essence was based on hereditary status would need or seek instruction and training for its young. As the "warrior nobility" adopted the courtly life epitomized by Versailles--with its code of etiquette and sensitivity to language and demeanor--education became more than a vehicle for professional training. Education, Motley argues, played both the conservative role of promoting assertions of "natural" superiority appropriate to a hereditary aristocracy, and the more dynamic role of fostering cultural changes that helped it maintain its power in a changing world. Based on such sources as family papers and correspondence, memoirs, and pedagogical treatises, this book explores education as it took place in the household, in secondary schools and riding academies, and at court and in the army. It shows how such education combined deference and solidarity, language and knowledge, and ceremonial behavior and festive disorder. In so doing, this work contends that education was an integral part of the aristocracy's response to absolutism in the French monarchy. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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