The French nobility of the 17th century can be divided into Sword Nobles and Robe Nobles. Whereas the former were (supposedly) heirs of the heirs of the Cevalerie the latter had bought their titles from the king. In her presentation Annie Bruter points out the similarities and differences in the education of both types of nobilities.
In his plenary lecture Jean Boutier, Directeur d’Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Marseille, highlights the spread and influence of educational institutions established specifically for the nobility from 1550 to the end of the 18th century. He also analyses the effects of the presence of nobles from Central and Eastern Europe from the second half of the 16th century onwards.
Caterina Sindoni’s talk focuses on the “Collegio Cutelli”, one of the most prominent educational institutions for Silician noblemen and analyses the educational models used there from the opening in 1779 to fall of the Borbonic Kingdom in 1860.
The standards of how the education for the Russian nobility should look like were contested. In his talk Vladislav Rjeoutski demonstrates what practices were rejected by students and teachers, how this resistance was expressed and where the criticism lay.