Royal Bodies, Royal Bedrooms : The Lever du Roy and Louis XIV’s Versailles
David M. Gallo
Gallo, David M., "Royal Bodies, Royal Bedrooms : The Lever du Roy and Louis XIV’s Versailles", dans Cahiers du XVIIe siècle, 2008, vol. XII, 1, p. 99-118.
There is no doubt, as there was none in the minds of his contemporaries, that Louis XIV was exceptionally skilled at using the whole panoply of ceremonial at Versailles, what the Duc de Saint-Simon called the mécanique of the court. Norbert Elias’ work, The Court Society, pioneered a detailed study of Louis XIV’s carefully calculated strategy "of regulation, consolidation and supervision..." which became, in that king’s hands, "a highly flexible instrument of power".
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