Court studies and Jacobitism have both received considerable attention from historians in recent years, yet so far no attempt has been made to provide a comprehensive examination of the Jacobite court in exile after the revolution of 1688-9. This book takes a completely fresh look at the Stuart court in France during the years when the Jacobite movement posed its greatest threat to the post-revolution governments in London. The Stuart court at Saint-Germain-en-Laye is revealed as not only large and well financed, but also magnificently located in a spectacular royal palace vacated only recently by Louis XIV and in very close contact with the French court at Versailles - yet maintaining the traditions, organisation and ceremonial of the English court at Whitehall. The book also shows how the Stuart court in France came to an end, and explains why and how it has since been so badly misrepresented.
Edward Corp is Professor of British History, University of Toulouse.
Introduction; 1. France, Rome and the exiled Stuarts Edward Gregg; 2. The Chateau Vieux de Saint-Germain; 3. The royal household under James II, 1690-1701; 4. The royal household under James III, 1701-1712; 5. The household servants; 6. The Stuarts and the court of France; 7. The portraits of the Stuarts and their courtiers; 8. The court as centre of Italian music; 9. Poetry at the exiled court (with a section by Howard Erskine-Hill); 10. The court as a centre for Catholicism (with a section by Geoffrey Scott); 11. The education of James III; 12. From France to Lorraine, 1712-1715; 13. From Lorraine to the papal states, 1716-1718; 14. The court of Queen Mary at Saint-Germain, 1712-1718; 15. The Jacobite community at Saint-Germain after 1718; Epilogue; Appendix: the senior household servants; Bibliography.
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