Conférence : Dress and Diplomacy (Copenhagen, 22 Mar 17)

Romyn de Hooghe, Conclusion de la Paix de Breda ratifiée dans la chambre des conférences entre les Rois d’Angleterre, de France, de Danemarck et les provinces unies, 1667, gravure, 52,8 x 56,8 cm, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Type d’événement : Conférence

Date : 22 mars 2017

Lieu : Copenhague, Centre for Textile Research/SAXO Institute University of Copenhagen


There is still much to learn about where, how and why diplomats are keys actors in the many ways the trade of textile and the culture of clothing is spread out on a global scale through time and space.

The research theme chosen by Corinne Thépaut-Cabasset for CTR’s Research & Development day is presented through a series of case studies investigating the impact of diplomacy and secret service in the area of Dress and Textile.

The influence of diplomatic networks on fashion circuits has not yet attracted the attention of researchers in fashion history. Nonetheless the diplomatic archives conserve numerous documents of diverse types concerning directly the study of fashion and more generally that of taste. Attentive observers of the society of their time and of their contemporaries, diplomats, had an official and often political mission, thanks to marriages, births, dynastic events, celebrations of peace and treaties in which they participated in the place of their sovereign. Continuer la lecture de Conférence : Dress and Diplomacy (Copenhagen, 22 Mar 17)

Publication : Louis XIV Outside In : Images of the Sun King Beyond France, 1661–1715.

CLAYDON Tony (éds.) et LEVILLAIN Charles-Édouard (éds.), Louis XIV Outside In : Images of the Sun King Beyond France, 1661–1715, Farnham, Ashgate, décembre 2015, 231 p.
CLAYDON Tony (éds.) et LEVILLAIN Charles-Édouard (éds.), Louis XIV Outside In : Images of the Sun King Beyond France, 1661–1715, Farnham, Ashgate, décembre 2015, 231 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Louis XIV —the ‘Sun King’— casts a long shadow over the history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. Yet while he has been the subject of numerous works, much of the scholarship remains firmly rooted within national frameworks and traditions. Thus in France Louis is still chiefly remembered for the splendid baroque culture his reign ushered in, and his political achievements in wielding together a strong centralised French state; whereas in England, the Netherlands and other protestant states, his memory is that of an aggressive military tyrant and persecutor of non-Catholics.

In order to try to break free of such parochial strictures, this volume builds upon the approach of scholars such as Ragnhild Hatton who have attempted to situate Louis’ legacy within broader, pan-European context. But where Hatton focused primarily on geo-political themes, Louis XIV Outside In introduces current interests in cultural history, integrating aspects of artistic, literary and musical themes. In particular it examines the formulation and use of images of Louis XIV abroad, concentrating on Louis’ neighbours in northwest Europe. This broad geographical coverage demonstrates how images of Louis XIV were moulded by the polemical needs of people far from Versailles and distorted from any French originals by the particular political and cultural circumstances of diverse nations. Because the French regime’s ability to control the public image of its leader was very limited, the collection highlights how—at least in the sphere of public presentation—his power was frequently denied, subverted, or appropriated to very different purposes, questioning the limits of his absolutism which has also been such a feature of recent work.

Sommaire :

Introduction : Louis XIV Upside Down? Interpreting the Sun King’s Image, Tony Claydon and Charles-Édouard Levillain.
1. Image Battles under Louis XIV : Some Reflections, Hendrik Ziegler.
2. Francophobia in Late-17th-Century England, Tim Harris.
3. ‘We Have Better Materials for Clothes, They, Better Taylors’ : The Influence of La Mode on the Clothes of Charles II and James II, Maria Hayward.
4. The Court of Louis XIV and the English Public Sphere: Worlds Set Apart ?, Stéphane Jettot.
5. Popular English Perceptions of Louis XIV’s Way of War, Jamel Ostwald.
. Louis XIV, James II and Ireland, D.W. Hayton.
7. Lampooning Louis XIV : Romeyn de Hooghe’s Harlequin Prints, 1688–89, Henk van Nierop.
8. Foe and Fatherland: The Image of Louis XIV in Dutch Songs, Donald Haks.
9. Amsterdam and the Ambassadors of Louis XIV 1674–85, Elizabeth Edwards.
10. Millenarian Portraits of Louis XIV, Lionel Laborie.

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