Court aristocracy

Court aristocracy was never a coherent group. As it was the case with implied sovereign-nobles opposition, nobility also fought the immense struggle to hold down those less noble which tried to circumvent the established ceremonial procedure or, by using the latter, to climb the ladder. That strife was plentiously depicted in Elias and presumed to be prominent characteristic of the Court Model.

Paradoxically, it was not lesser nobles, or cohort within nobles distanced from the court, which thus intriguingly approached elite strata to challenge their status, but industrial and trade class disguised by this two (court and pre-court) parties to power conflict in France. The lesser nobles were situated between the court aristocracy and some (be it suffice to say for now) lower classes. Lesser nobles were practically withdrawn from power conflict characteristic of the epoch.

That remoteness of lesser nobility from the epicenter of the strife, as seen by Alias, as well as general depreciation of Nobility status made it easier for lesser nobility to claim the right to represent thus dethroned and vilified faction and, what is more important, the right to re-appraise its validity. Caught between aristocracy and lower order, so called, lesser nobles were bound by the logic of social existence to turn their sight inside their group and look for a re-appraisal of their Cultural and Social role and value without further adhering to their place prescribed by the social structure.

Thus caught and bound to re-asserting their place within changing structure of social relations, lesser nobles are justified to bear the name of ‘dual front class’. The Romantic ideas were a specific vent to their social dissatisfaction. Romantic themes such as love, nature, individual worth became popular at the time. Elias utilized resources of Astree when depicting those romantic trends.

In this regard, the inference Elias made after analyzing the position of lesser nobles before the drastic depreciation (which coincided in time with the reign of Louis 16) and after this process relies on the data extracted Astree as far as Romantic themes concerned and on the whole edifice of his arguments as far as the societal model and its transformation is concerned. Far from negating the arguments of Elias I would only point out that mode of investigation he employed seriously compromises the utilization of his model.