Kings and Courts

  • Robert
  • Elborg Forster
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series


Eighteenth-century Court life was a web of personal intrigue, shifting factions, and place seeking, half hidden under the glitter of pageantry, ceremony, and proper décor. Here the play of personalities seemed more pronounced, if only because alliances of families or cliques were so transitory. At the center of this decorous, giddy world was the monarch, object of flattery, persuasion, and plot, the person whose fancy or whim could make or ruin a career overnight.


Young Lady Privy Council Military Rank Knee Buckle Local Political Activity 


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  1. 1.
    W. S. Lewis and W. H. Smith, eds., Horace Walpole’s Correspondence (New Haven. Conn., 1939-, 34 vols.).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Quoted in G. P. Gooch, Courts and Cabinets (New York, 1946), P. 193.Google Scholar

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  • Elborg Forster

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