Royal Courts in Dynastic States and Empires
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Royal Courts in Dynastic States and Empires

By Jeroen Duindam
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"In recent decades the history of premodern states and empires has undergone major revision. At the heart of this process stood the court, encompassing the household as well as government institutions. This volume for the first time brings together the fruits of research on royal courts from antiquity to the modern world, from Asia to Europe. The authors are acknowledged specialists in their own fields, but they address themes relevant for all courts: the inner and outer dimensions of court architecture as well as staff organizations; the connections between court, capital, and realm; the relationship of the ruler with relatives and other elites. This volume pioneers comparative history combining a rich empirical orientation with a critical assessment of theoretical perspectives.Contributors: Tülay Artan, Gojko Barjamovic, Peter Fibiger Bang, Jeroen Duindam, Sabine Dabringhaus, Nadia Maria El Cheikh, Ebba Koch, Metin Kunt, Paul Magdalino, Rosamond McKitterick, Ruth Macrides, Rolf Strootman, Isenbike Togan, Maria Antonietta Visceglia, and Andrew Wallace-Hadrill."

Table of Contents
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    • Contents
    • Acknowledgements
    • List of Contributors
    • List of Figures
    • Royal Courts in Dynastic States and Empires
    • From Assyria to Rome
    • Pride, Pomp and Circumstance: Palace, Court and Household in Assyria 879–612 BCE
    • Hellenistic Court Society: The Seleukid Imperial Court under Antiochos the Great, 223–187 BCE
    • The Roman Imperial Court: Seen and Unseen in the Performance of Power
    • Court and State in the Roman Empire—Domestication and Tradition in Comparative Perspective
    • Successors and Parallels in East and West
    • Court and Capital in Byzantium
    • A King on the Move: The Place of an Itinerant Court in Charlemagne’s Government
    • Court Historiography in Early Tang China: Assigning a Place to History and Historians at the Palace
    • To be a Prince in the Fourth/Tenth-Century Abbasid Court
    • Ceremonies and the City: The Court in Fourteenth-Century Constantinople
    • The Early Modern World
    • The Pope’s Household and Court in the Early Modern Age
    • The Monarch and Inner-Outer Court Dualism in Late Imperial China
    • Turks in the Ottoman Imperial Palace
    • The Mughal Audience Hall: A Solomonic Revival of Persepolis in the Form of a Mosque
    • Royal Weddings and the Grand Vezirate: Institutional and Symbolic Change in the Early Eighteenth Century
    • Versailles, Vienna and Beyond: Changing Views of Household and Government in Early Modern Europe
    • Index
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