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The Society for Court Studies

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Type  Learned society
Headquarters  London
Purpose  Research
President  Clarissa Campbell Orr
Formation  September 1995 (1995-09)

The Society for Court Studies is a learned society that aims to stimulate and co-ordinate the study of royal, princely, and noble courts from the late Middle Ages to the present. The principal object of the Society is to examine courts from a multi-disciplinary perspective by focusing on a variety of areas such as architectural history, political history, military history, art history, cultural patronage, and the role of women in courts. The Society for Court Studies publishes its own scientific and peer-reviewed journal, The Court Historian, which appears twice a year.



The Society for Court Studies was founded in London in September 1995 by David Starkey, Robert Oresko, Simon Thurley, and Philip Mansel. A separate branch was established in North America in 1998. The current President and Chairman of the Society is Simon Thurley, who is the Chief Executive of English Heritage. The Chairman of the North American branch of the Society is R. Malcolm Smuts of the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The Society for Court Studies is linked since 2007 with the Centro Studi Europa delle Corti (Ferrara), the Centre de Recherche du Ch√Ęteau de Versailles, La Corte en Europa Institute of the Independent University of Madrid and the Centro Studi della Reggia di Venaria Reale, Turin, in the Court Studies Forum.


The Society for Court Studies organises conferences and a series of research seminars on aspects of court history, which are held three times a term in London (UK). There is a separate programme of seminars and conferences in North America. Membership is open to interested scholars and students from any country and to those from related disciplines.


The Society for Court Studies Wikipedia

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