About this book
Examines the definitions, structure and behaviour of aristocracies, challenging some of the myths about them.
Aristocracies dominated the social, economic, and institutional history of all European countries until only a few generations ago. William Doyle strips away the myths and beliefs which have always surrounded them, looking at how these very distinctive governing elites held onto power, and analyses when, how, and why they eventually lost it.
|Oxford University Press|