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Luxury and Power: The Material World of the Stuart Diplomat, 1660-1714

Helen Jacobsen


This book is a study of the material world of English ambassadors at the end of the seventeenth century and illustrates the way in which architecture and the arts played an important role in diplomatic life. It positions luxury consumption firmly in the political domain and demonstrates the significance of diplomats as cultural intermediaries, highlighting the importance of the material world to politicians and the role that diplomats played in the evolution of artistic appreciation in England.It looks at diplomats abroad: where they lived, what they took with them, and the style in which they ... More

Keywords: cultural politics, diplomats, English ambassadors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199693757
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Jacobsen, author
Course tutor on the MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors run by the Wallace Collection and the University of Buckingham; assistant director of the Attingham Summer School