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The Court of France 1789–1830

The Court of France 1789–1830


  • Date Published: September 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521423984

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  • This attractively illustrated volume describes the succession of courts and monarchies in France 1789–1830, from the revolutionary period to the fall of Charles X. It shows decisively that the revolution resulted in a stronger monarchy and a larger and more elitist series of courts than had existed previously. The book is based on many years of research in public and private archives throughout Europe. New light is thrown on the nature of the French revolution and on the character and policies of Louis XVI, Napoleon I, Louis XVIII and Charles X, who led their courts through periods of unprecedented formality and splendour.

    • An attractively-written and well-illustrated short, general study of the French monarchy in the years following the revolution
    • The first book to prove that the French court was even more formal and lavish after the French Revolution than before it
    • Philip Mansel is a well-known 'general' author of books on French history and on courts and high society in the middle east (his last book was Sultans in Splendour)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'No one is better qualified than Philip Mansel to describe the gyrations of the French court from monarchy through empire and back to empire.' The Sunday Times

    'Mr Mansel is a thoroughly diligent scholar … and his research does much to further the current revival of sympathy for Louis XVI.' The Irish Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521423984
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates and figures
    1. Revolutions
    2. Crossing the desert
    3. Napoleon
    4 Power
    5. The year of two courts
    6. Reform
    7. The promised land
    8. Kings and courtiers
    9. Money
    The Citizen King

  • Author

    Philip Mansel

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