Jürgen Habermas: The Beginning
by Christian Parreno
Only with the reign of Philip of Orleans, who moved the royal residence from Versailles to Paris, did the court lose its central position in the public sphere, indeed its status as the public sphere. For inasmuch as the ‘town’ took over its cultural functions, the public sphere itself was transformed.
The sphere of royal representation and the grand gout of Versalles became a façade held up only with effort. The regent and his two successors preferred small social gatherings, if not the family circle itself, and to a certain degree avoided the etiquette. The great ceremonial gave way to an almost bourgeois intimacy.
Jürgen Habermas (1962) The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere.