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The King Invites

Performing Power at a Courtly Dining Table

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Daniëlle De Vooght

This book was awarded the «Joop Witteveenprijs 2012».
In the aftermath of the French Revolution, the role of the monarchy in Western Europe was redefined. Together with the absolutist sovereigns, the historian’s interest in courts and court life in the nineteenth century seems to have vanished.
This book investigates what happened to the institution of the monarchy in the nineteenth century. More specifically, it examines whether the nineteenth-century Belgian monarchs can be described as influential, or even powerful. The volume also deals with another hiatus in history writing, namely food at nineteenth-century courts. The author addresses these two issues by examining the Belgian king and queen’s dinner guests, as well as the food that was served at the palace. She considers questions such as who was invited, who got to share a table, how did the guest lists evolve over time, was the food adjusted according to the guests and how did the food evolve?
A social network analysis of the dinner guests and a qualitative analysis of the court food are used as tools to tackle these questions. In this way, this book deals with issues that touch upon the very core of society’s development: power, hierarchies, status, imitation, segregation and distinction.

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281 Index absolutism (absolute) 15, 18, 26, 52, 82, 104 actor 22, 37, 39, 41-3, 57, 62-3, 109, 112, 117-20, 127, 129-36, 141, 143-46, 149, agency 37, 42-3 ambassador(s) 88 ancien regime 19, 26, 83-5, 92, 97, 123, Annales 25, 44, 59-60 anthropology (anthropologist, anthropological) 20, 23-4, 44-6, 48-50, 62 aristocracy (aristocrat, aristocratic) 14, 50, 55, 85, 91, 94, 103, 187, artist(s) (artistic) 26, 88, 96, 121, 137-40, 144-45, 148, 234, 242 Austria 61, 78, 178 Bagehot, Walter 17-20, 22, 239 Banque de Belgique; Banque National see national bank beef (bœuf) 176-8, 183-6, 194, 199, 218, 228, 232 Belgian Royal Archives 11, 28, 103, 105 Bismarck 81, 120, 232 bourgeoise 196-8 Braudel, Fernand 60, 64 Brussels 24, 78, 88, 92, 99, 125, 128, 134, 137-8, 142, 177, 220, 223, 225, 227-8, 230, 233-4 Burke, Edmund 14-6 catholic(s) 77, 79-80, 85, 120, 125, 138, Catholic Party 80 centrality 139 betweenness 119, 129, 131, 133-6, 141-6, 149 closeness 129-36, 141-7, 242 centralization 118, 136, 145 betweenness 119-21, 129 closeness 118-21, 129, 131, 133, 141-3, 145-6 ceremony (ceremonial) 18-23 chamberlain 29, 31, 86, 103, 110, 126, 128, 130-1, 134-6, 139-43, 146-7, 195-7, 240, 243 Champagne 97, 178, 180, 183-4, 217, 219, 222 chargé d’affaires 124, 129, 224-5 chocolate 72, 96, 179, 219, 223 Church 14, 81 Civil List 28-30 code(s) 27, 46, 159, 176, 181 codification 71-2, 74, 159, 192, 201, 223, 226, 240 coding/coded 65, 69-74, 73, 159 see also Qualitative Analysis colony (colonies); colonize; colonization 13-4,...

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