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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

Royal entertainments

During the Renaissance, the French court was one of the most brilliant in Europe, and its entertainments were both lavish and ingenious. For the kingdom's aristocratic elite, court entertainments were part of a programme of social and political development, and constituted one of the most visible indications of rank, social status and power. To keep up his image, every courtier had to excel at the art of dancing, which, like riding and fencing, were an essential part of an aristocratic education. Dancing embodied the values of the nobility, and thus played a major role in the court manners.
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