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Hi everyone, I'm just starting my first ever MA essay (scary stuff) and we have to pick our own question (within the bound of the course etc). I've decided on looking at the role of Women in the civilizing of courts in the Early Modern period and I just wondered if anyone could recommed any books/articles etc. I've already got Elias and Duiandam (sp?) but I'm having a bit of trouble with the women element of the research, all the books/articles i have so far seem a bit too vague and not really that relevant. So any suggestions would be really appreciated =)
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On November 6th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC), i_am_the_others replied:
his article looks really helpful. I've not properly read it yet, but when i remember to bring a blank cd onto campus i'll properly get into it (i can never concentrate on reding articles on the library computers!). The footnotes all look wonderfully relevent too =) thanks!
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On November 3rd, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC), inmemoriam commented:
i would recommend reading baldesar castiglione's The Book of the Courtier which, if you mean what you say [you intend to investigate how women civilized private courts in the early modern period] will give you excellent, entertaining, and educational points of access to your research.

plus it's a helluva good read IMHO.
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On November 6th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC), i_am_the_others replied:
Yeah, Castiglione's great =) As soon as i'd decided on the essay I went straight for him and Thomas Eylot's Book of the Governor. However my tutor's now suggested essays should be more historiographically based within recent debates (ie last 10 years) so I'll probably end up using more discussions of Castiglione than his actual text. But it's all good =)
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