Research

Foreigners at Court

The Centre de recherche du château de Versailles has launched a research programme entitled “Foreigners at the Bourbon Court of France (1594-1789). Strategies, Transfers, Suspicion”. Coordinated by Jean-François Dubost, professor at the Université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne, together with the CRCV and in collaboration with its partners and other research institutions, this programme sets out to resolve these two issues: in the modern era, the foreign presence in European courts increased (...)

The programme “Foreigners at the Bourbon Court of France (1594-1789). Strategies, Transfers, Suspicion” aims to examine the different types of foreign presence at the French court, and in doing so, to establish a cross-disciplinary subject for research, since the very idea of the foreigner introduces conflicting categories of people found at every level of society: those who are subjects of the French king and those who are not. This approach will highlight phenomena that a strictly (...)

This is part of the research programme entitled “Foreigners at the Bourbon Court of France (1594-1789). Strategies, Transfers, Suspicion”. It relies on the study of new or little- known accounts by travellers who visited the Bourbon Court. The studies will also include the French courtiers’ views of these travellers and how these visitors commented on their reception at court. We are focusing mainly on those members of the aristocracy and princely families who undertook “pleasure trips”: (...)

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