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Diplomatic Tours in the Gardens of Versailles Under Louis XIV (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture)

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One of the functions of Louis XIV's Versailles was to provide a setting for the receptions of ambassadors, heads of state, and other visiting dignitaries who conducted diplomatic and political business with France. These activities became particularly important after Versailles was proclaimed the new seat of the monarchy and government in 1682.Diplomatic Tours in the Gardens of Versailles Under Louis XIV is the first book to examine how the vast gardens of Versailles were used for these diplomatic receptions during the reign of the Sun King (1661-1715). The gardens were the final mise en scene of an elaborate ritual, which included the housing of the foreigners in Paris, their journey to Versailles, and their official audience with the king in the palace. A showcase for the achievements of royal artists, landscape architects, and hydraulic engineers, the gardens were soon regarded as one of the wonders of the modern world, proclaiming the wealth, power, and artistic taste of France and the French monarchy.The diplomatic tours were programmed every step of the way, with trained guides leading their guests on prescribed itineraries. Beginning in 1689, the king himself drafted a series of comprehensive itineraries, collectively called the Maniere de montrer les jardins de Versailles, for the use of his guides (a newly discovered version of the Maniere appears for the first time in this book). These itineraries changed over the years in concert with modifications and additions to the gardens, attesting to a constant search for an ideal itinerary--a subtheme of Diplomatic Tours.

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The first book to examine how the vast gardens of Versailles were used as a setting for the receptions of ambassadors, heads of state, and other visiting dignitaries who conducted diplomatic and political business with France.

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ISBN:
9780812241075
Author:
Berger, Robert W.
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Author:
Hedin, Thomas F.
Subject:
History
Subject:
France
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Garden Design
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
Parc de versailles (versailles, france)
Subject:
Gardens, French - France - Versailles -
Subject:
World History-France
Series:
Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
171
Dimensions:
9.15x6.10x.73 in. .95 lbs.

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