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posted 03-10-2002 05:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ginolaquoque   Click Here to Email ginolaquoque     Edit/Delete Message
I really need information about the social life of the royal court back in the middles ages, can anyone give me some URls that might help?????

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posted 03-15-2002 06:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
It will be very difficult to find good and reliable information about that topic on the Internet. What I can give without going into the details:

The social live at the medieval royal court, at least in the kingdoms of Germany, Italy, Burgundy (after 1032 A.D. all in the holy roman empire) was influenced very much by the fact that the king was almost all the time on the move. The court was where the king was, and if he stayed for three weeks at the same place, it was already an exceptional long time. The residence was changed all the time during that endless journey: royal palaces, the palaces of bishops, the guesthouses of abbey, castles or even tents on an open field. Abbots, earls, counts and bishops came to visit the king at meetings that took place in all parts of the kingdom. Some of them travelled with the king for months or even years, but most of them had other duties somewhere in the kingdom and had to travel there and back again or were even sent as messangers or diplomats to other royal courts or to Rome. So the social group around the king changed all the time – even the royal family wasn't always at the same place.

Why don't you try your local library for a newer biography of a medieval king or emperor? They often contain one or two chapters where the author tries to describe the «everyday's life» at the cort...

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