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A courtier is a person who attends upon, and thus receives a privileged position from, a powerful person, usually a head of state. In the United States, the term has taken on negative connotations as a synonym for favorite or hanger-on. Queen Elizabeth II, is the Head of State of 16 countries including: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand and the Bahamas, as well as crown colonies and overseas territories of the United Kingdom. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...

It is usually also used in a historical context, especially to describe the attendants of a luxurious autocrat such as Louis XIV of France. This context is used by many to make the word quaintly old-fashioned and irrelevant in contemporary circumstances, although the placemen and rewarded campaign-donors in the American political system are contemporary examples of de facto courtiers. An autocrat is generally speaking any ruler with absolute power; the term is now usually used in a negative sense (cf. ... Louis XIV (Louis-Dieudonné) (September 5, 1638 – September 1, 1715) ruled as King of France and of Navarre from May 14, 1643 until his death just prior to his seventy-seventh birthday. ...

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A portrait of Anne Boleyn painted some years after her death. ... Portrait of Princesse de Lamballe Marie Thérèse Louise de Savoie-Carignan, princesse de Lamballe (September 8, 1749 - September 3, 1792), was one of the best-known victims of the French Revolution. ... Charles Honoré dAlbert, duc de Luynes, de Chaulnes et de Chevreuse (1646-1712), more simply known as the duc de Chevreuse, was a high-ranking French official under King Louis XIV. The duc de Chevreuse was the grandson of the duchesse de Chevreuse, one of the leading members of... Henri Coiffier de Ruzé, Marquis of Cinq-Mars (1620 - September 12, 1642) was a favourite of King Louis XIII of France who led the last and most nearly successful of the many conspiracies against the kings powerful first minister, the Cardinal Richelieu. ... Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon (January 16, 1675 - March 2, 1755), French soldier, diplomatist and writer of memoirs, was born at Versailles. ...

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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Book of the Courtier (0 words)
At the same time though, the courtier is expected to have a warrior spirit, to be athletic and to have good knowledge of the humanities, classics, and how to draw and paint.
The matter is the nobleman, the form is the species (courtier) by which he is surrounded and which moulds him by its conventions, the moving cause (the shaper) is Castiglione (or, fictionally, Fregoso) and the final cause is the purpose of the courtier.
The woman courtier has the same goal: "for it were not unfitt for the woman also to instruct her ladye, and with her to drawe to the same ende of Courtlinesse, whiche I have said is meete for the Courtier with his prince" (4.14, p.
The Book of the Courtier (5102 words)
This English translation of The Book of the Courtier is that of Sir Thomas Hoby (1561) as edited by Walter Raleigh for David Nutt, Publisher, London, 1900, and partakes of the virtues and faults, as may be, of that edition.
The fourth, of the end of a Courtier, and of honest love.
To have an understandinge in all thinges belonginge to the Courtier, that she maye gyve her judgemente to commend and to make of gentilmen according to their worthinesse and desertes.
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