Wall Street Journal
‘Every man has two countries, his own and France” was once the motto of any good diplomat. In 18th-century Europe, social, military and intellectual power was concentrated in and around Paris. To take part in the Old World’s game required command of French courtesies and nuances. It was a coveted privilege to be selected even to wipe the royal behind.

When the World Spoke French
By Marc Fumaroli
New York Review, 519 pages, $18.95

Read this article @ Wall Street Journal

Choose another article of your interest in the blog archive in the right column. Or scroll further down for books about protocol, interesting links, articles about protocol and protocol related tweets.