10 Facts About Courts


The court of a monarch, or an important nobleman, is the extended household and all those who regularly attend on the ruler or central figure.

A monarch is the sovereign head of state in a monarchy.

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The court of the monarchy would gather in the throne room.

A throne room or throne hall is the room, often rather a hall, in the official residence of the crown, either a palace or a fortified castle, where the throne of a senior figure is set up with elaborate pomp—usually raised, often with steps, and under a canopy, both of which are part of the original notion of the Greek word thronos.

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In the largest courts, the royal households, many thousands of individuals comprised the court.

A court is a tribunal, often as a government institution, with the authority to adjudicate legal disputes between parties and carry out the administration of justice in civil, criminal, and administrative matters in accordance with the rule of law.

A royal household or imperial household in ancient and medieval monarchies, and papal household for popes, formed the basis for the general government of the country as well as providing for the needs of the sovereign and his relations.

A household consists of one or more people who reside in the same dwelling and also share meals or living accommodation, and may consist of a single family or some other grouping of people.


These courtiers included the monarch or noble's camarilla and retinue, household, nobility, those with court appointments, bodyguard, and may also include emissaries from other kingdoms or visitors to the court.

A bodyguard is a type of security guard or government law enforcement officer or soldier who protects a person or people — usually high-ranking public officials or officers, wealthy people, and celebrities — from danger: generally theft, assault, kidnapping, assassination, harassment, loss of confidential information, threats, or other criminal offences.

Nobility is a social class, normally ranked immediately under royalty, that possesses more acknowledged privileges and higher social status than most other classes in a society, membership thereof typically being hereditary.

A retinue is a body of persons "retained" in the service of a noble or royal personage, a suite of "retainers".


Foreign princes and foreign nobility in exile may also seek refuge at a court.

To be in exile means to be away from one's home, while either being explicitly refused permission to return or being threatened with imprisonment or death upon return.


Near Eastern and Eastern courts often included the harem and concubines as well as eunuchs who fulfilled a variety of functions.

Harem, also known as zenana in South Asia, properly refers to domestic spaces that are reserved for the women of the house in a Muslim family and are inaccessible to adult males except for close relations.

The term eunuch generally refers to a man who has been castrated, typically early enough in his life for this change to have major hormonal consequences.

Concubinage is an interpersonal and sexual relationship in which the couple are not or cannot be married.


At times, the harem was walled off and separate from the rest of the residence of the monarch.


In Asia, concubines were often a more visible part of the court.

Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts, expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres and sharing the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe.


Lower ranking servants and bodyguards were not properly called courtiers though may be included as part of the court or royal household in the broadest definition.

A domestic worker, domestic helper or domestic servant, also called menial, is a person who works within the employer's household.


Entertainers and others may have been counted as part of the court.

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