Aliénor de Poitiers
Aliénor de Poitiers is noted as the author of Les honneurs de la cour (Honors of the Court), a book of court etiquette written between 1484 and 1491. The book gives the structures and rules of court ritual and the etiquette appropriate to different social classes and situations. She was particularly interested in the conventions observed when ladies of various ranks were lying in the birthing chamber.
Her mother was Isabel de Sousa who had been lady-in-waiting to Isabella of Portugal, Duchess of Burgundy. Alienor had resided with her mother at the Burgundian court. In addition to her own observations, she gives those of her mother, and those of another noble lady, Jeanne d'Harcourt, married in 1391 to the Count William de Namur. She had been considered the best authority on court etiquette in the kingdom of France. The resulting collection of the customs of the court forms a kind of family diary embracing three generations, and extending back over more than a century.
The book should not be confused with the similarly titled Honneurs de la Cour, a peerage-book established in France in the 18th century to decide a noble's rank.
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- fr:Honneurs de la Cour