Governing and travelling -
conference by Thierry Rentet


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

CONFERENCE IN FRENCH

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).