9780340625286

Nobilities in Transition 1550-1700 Courtiers and Rebels in Britain and Europe

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    9780340625286

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    0340625287

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-07-31
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Nobilities in Transition explores the transformation of the nobility in the late 16th and 17th centuries. This book looks at political and social changes, examines the impact princely courts had on noblemen and women and their way of life and analyses issues such as the 'refeudalization' ofstate and society in southern Europe or the increasing urbanization of noble elites in the period under discussion. While paying due attention to the great heterogeneity of the nobility in Europe it nevertheless shows how the adherence to common values and ideals nevertheless gave noble elitescoherence and a shared sense of identity.

Author Biography

Ronald G. Asch is Professor of History, Universitat Freiburg, Germany

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Abbreviations xi
Introduction 1(8)
1 Status and the quest for exclusiveness: the foundations of noble identity 9(21)
Introduction
9(2)
From customary to statutory definitions of nobility
11(9)
Varieties of noble status in the Holy Roman Empire
20(3)
The populous nobilities of the European periphery: Poland and Castile
23(2)
England: a special case?
25(3)
Conclusion
28(2)
2 The changing landscape of noble society 30(25)
Introduction
30(1)
Numbers: the size of noble elites in Europe
31(2)
Town and country: rural and urban nobilities
33(5)
Rich and poor: magnate and country squire
38(6)
The quintessential magnate class: the Habsburg titled aristocracy
44(5)
The triumph of the squirearchy? The English gentry
49(4)
Conclusion
53(2)
3 Education, religion and civility 55(25)
Introduction
55(1)
Education
56(5)
Religion and piety c.1550-1660
61(6)
Religious change in the late seventeenth century
67(3)
Civility and the decline of noble violence
70(8)
Conclusion
78(2)
4 The court: prison or showcase of noble life? 80(21)
Introduction
80(1)
The Italian Cortegiano as a social model for the nobility
81(3)
The French honnÍte homme
84(2)
The political culture of the court
86(3)
The perfect courtier: the rise and fall of the favourite
89(3)
Versailles and the French nobility under Louis XIV
92(3)
Germany and the imperial court
95(3)
Conclusion
98(3)
5 Resistance and rebellion 101(24)
Introduction
101(2)
Religion and revolt
103(9)
Frondes and Frondeurs: the courtier turned rebel
112(7)
Provincial elites and noble rebellion
119(3)
Conclusion
122(3)
6 Noble power and state formation: towards a new symbiosis? 125(25)
Introduction
125(1)
Warfare and noble power
126(7)
A high road to absolutism? Nobility and state in France
133(6)
New political alignments in the later seventeenth century
139(8)
Conclusion
147(3)
Conclusion 150(5)
Select bibliography 155(7)
Notes 162(55)
Index 217

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