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Status Interaction during the Reign of Louis XIV
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Status Interaction during the Reign of Louis XIV

Giora Sternberg

Abstract

Who preceded whom? Who wore what? Which form of address to use? One of the most striking aspects of the early modern period is the crucial significance that contemporaries ascribed to such questions. In this hierarchical world, status symbols did not simply mirror a pre-defined social and political order; rather, they operated as a key tool for defining and redefining identities, relations, and power. Centuries later, scholars face the twofold challenge of evaluating status interaction in an era where its open pursuit is no longer as widespread and legitimate, and of deciphering its highly sop ... More

Keywords: status, symbols, interaction, Louis XIV, court, hierarchy, ceremony, ritual, codes, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199640348
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640348.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giora Sternberg, author
Fellow and Tutor in History, Hertford College, and Associate Professor of History, University of Oxford