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This index presents a list of terms and concepts that occur in the book The Dynastic Centre and the Provinces: Agents and Interactions. A gradual revision of European 'absolutism' took shape in the last decades of the twentieth century largely on the basis of research in archives that added regional and elite perspectives to the top-down monarchical view. All European dynastic rulers expected a share of their elites to attend ritual highlights and festive occasions, wherever these took place. Personal attendance and notably access into the ruler's direct proximity retained great importance for elites. The numerous honorary servitors of the European court cultivated their rights of access even if they served at court only haphazardly.

Keywords: absolutism; European court; European dynastic rulers



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