This is an E1 write-up that I plan to expound upon soon enough, viz. in the context of the Elizabethan court.

A courtier was a habitue of a sovereign's court. It was typically the stepping-stone position for a young man of an elite who had political or administrative ambitions. Courtiers were often rather masterly diplomats, and many were also statesmen. Well-known courtiers include M. de Talleyrand, Sir Philip Sidney (who was a cup-bearer), Sir Walter Ralegh, [Sir Thomas Wyatt and Calonne, who said in reply to his Queen's request: "Madame, if it is possible, it is done. If it is impossible; it shall be done."

Court"ier (k?rt"y?r), n. [From Court.]

1.

One who is in attendance at the court of a prince; one who has an appointment at court.

You know I am no courtier, nor versed in state affairs. Bacon.

This courtier got a frigate, and that a company. Macualay.

2.

One who courts or solicits favor; one who flatters.

There was not among all our princes a greater courtier of the people than Richard III. Suckling.

 

© Webster 1913.

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