Governing and travelling -
conference by Thierry Rentet

The court of France arriving at the Anet château. Tapestry, Uffizi Gallery, Florence


During the 16th century, the court of France is defined as a political institution set up around the King. It has several particular characteristics but the most surprising one remains its itinerancy. The advisors are courtesans as well because the court is a place used to learn appropriate manners. It is also used for entertainment, sometimes violent and often spectacular, that takes place within a castle, Chambord being the most renowned.

Thierry Rentet is a senior lecturer at the Université Paris 13 and the author of Anne de Montmorency, Grand Maître de François 1er.(Anne of Montmorency, François 1er's Honorary Knight).