With the spread of funeral orations focusing on the biography of the deceased due to change of funeral processes in connection to the Lutheran Reformation we have an increase of accounts of the education of nobility. In his talk Jean-Luc Le Cam examines the case study of Count Otto Magnus of Dönhoff (1665-1717), a representative of the Prussian military nobility, who studied all over Europe.
The Grad Tour is a well-known and key element of aristocratic education. However, its origins are still unclear. Albrecht Burkardt examines two different sources: The treatises concerning aristocratic education and those about the „reason of state“.