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Open Access Royal Courts In Dynastic States And Empires

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Royal Courts In Dynastic States And Empires

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At the heart of any royal court stands a ruler, more often male than female. The ruler is accompanied by close relatives, friends, and servants in various capacities. Over more than four years, a management committee consisting of representatives of fifteen countries had the opportunity to organize two conferences a year, bringing together specialists studying a wide range of empires. Comparison can be successful only if our knowledge of all elements to be compared is roughly equal. Ottoman, late imperial Chinese and early modern European courts, on the other hand, have an immensely rich legacy of written sources in addition to buildings and artefacts. Dynastic power is based on transmission of power from generation to generation; spouses, mothers, heirs and siblings are the building blocks of dynasticism.

Keywords: dynastic power; dynasticism; empires; European courts; royal court

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