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Regina Schleuning

PhD Thesis Project: Noble female office-holders at the court of Louis XIV – patrons, friends, clients in courtly networks


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regina schleuning



Date of birth: 2 June 1982 in Nartkala (GUS)


                • 2001 High-School-Diploma (Abitur), Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium Frankenthal (Germany)
                • 2001-2003 Studies of Medieval and Modern History and Ethnology/ Cultural Anthropology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany)2003/2004 Stay abroad in Australia and New Zealand
                • 2004-2008 Studies of Medieval and Modern History and Cultural Anthropology/ European Ethnology, Georg August University Göttingen (Germany) and University Paris X-Nanterre (France)
                • 2008 Magister (M.A.) at the Georg August University Göttingen (Germany).Topic of M.A.Thesis: „Madame sein“ – a „ellendes Handwerck“? Noble womens options of action at the early modern royal court. Analysed at the example of Elisabeth Charlotte Duchess of Orleans (supervised by Prof. Dr. Rebekka Habermas)
                • since 2008 PhD candidate at the Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg i.Br. (Germany)



  • 2005/06 Erasmus-scholarship for studying in Francesince
  • 2008 PhD-scholarship at the DFG-research group (Graduiertenkolleg 1288) „Friends, Patrons, Clients“, Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg i.Br. (Germany)


Internships and Work Experience

  • 10/2002 - 08/2003 student research assistant, Department of History at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany)
  • 03/2003 internship Hessian Main State Archive Wiesbaden (Germany)
  • 07/2004 internship Service Centre Castle of Heidelberg (Germany)
  • 09/2004 internship European Bread Museum, Ebergötzen (Germany)
  • 10/2004 - 06/2005 student exhibition project „HEIMATFRONTEN. Kriegsalltag im Solling 1939-1945”, Uslar (Germany)
  • 10/2004 - 06/2008 free lancing European Museum of Bread, Ebergötzen (Germany)
  • 02/2005 - 04/2005 internship 13. International Schiller Festival, National Theatre Mannheim (Germany)
  • 01/2006 - 03/2006 internship German Historical Institute, Paris (France)
  • 07/2006 - 08/2006 internship Wallstein publishing house, Göttingen (Germany)
  • 08/2006 - 06/2008 student research assistant, Department for Cultural Anthropology/ European Ethnology at Georg August University Göttingen (Germany)
  • 09/2006 - 07/2008 free lancing Wallstein publishing house, Göttingen (Germany)


Main research interests

  • Court, nobility and women in the early modern period
  • Cultural history in the early modern period


PhD Thesis Project:

Noble female office-holders at the court of Louis XIV – patrons, friends, clients in courtly networks

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ronald G. Asch

As a ruling and social entity the early modern court was highly characterized by networks based on kinship, friendship and patronage, which provided support and assistance by the assertion of interests and the access to resources. The part played by women and especially noble women as single actors or courtly group is to a large extent still uncharted territory. Therefore, the present doctoral thesis aims to analyse female noble office-holders at the court of the French king Louis XIV for the period between 1661 and 1715 as patrons, friends and clients in courtly networks.

This approach is based on the assumption that the analysis of symmetrical and asymmetrical interpersonal relationships provides information about roles, functions and options of action of noble women and thereby contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of the early modern court and nobility as well as the meaning of gender in both of them.

The doctoral thesis is directed at integrating noble female office-holders into the courtly setting by, on the one hand, collecting basic data about the households of the female members of the famille royale and the female charges, and, on the other hand, analysing the roles, options of action and the meaning of female noble office-holders as patrons, friends and clients in interpersonal relationships on the basis of contemporary discourses, practices and functions.

The outline of contemporary expectations and appraisals, the reconstruction of courtly networks and their functioning as well as the revelation of female spheres of influence shall be analysed on the basis of ego-documents and administrative primary sources of the court by using the methodological instruments of discourse, network and qualitative data analysis.


  • Postadresse:

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1288
    c/o Historisches Seminar
    Rempartstr. 15 - KG IV
    79085 Freiburg 
  • Besuchsadresse:

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1288
    Erbprinzenstraße 13
    79098 Freiburg
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