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  • The songs, the games, and the dances do not concern us, but the dialogue runs along prettily, with an air of Flemish realism, like a picture of Teniers, as unlike that of "courtoisie" as Teniers was to Guido Reni.

    Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

  • He had hurled more powerful foes than the Swiss from the saddle, and from knightly "courtoisie" not even used his strength without consideration.

    In the Fire of the Forge — Volume 04

  • He strove to refashion the French court according to Italian examples, where the art of conversation and rules of courtoisie ruled supreme.

    Will the Real François Please Stand Up?

  • Funny - back when I was living in France and then made a short trip home, I noticed that most Germans were dressing like slobs, being painfully indiscreet, talking and, above all,laughing! way too loud - on the other hand, service in stores just seemed very casually friendly when compared to the intricately impersonal French courtoisie...

    Observations from the States

  • _Questions d'Autriche-Hongrie_, pp. 176-178: "Quant à l'Autriche, nos rapports avec elle ont toujours été bons; ils ont été pleins, non seulement de courtoisie, mais de quelque chose de plus; parceque l'Autriche sait que, de toutes les puissances européennes, la France est la dernière qui pourrait souhaiter que l'Empire d'Autriche, garantie nécessaire de l'équilibre européen, se brisat et disparût pour le malheur de l'Europe."

    The Life of the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles W. Dilke, Volume 2

  • German camp, through the Provençal code of _courtoisie_, up to the modern law of fine manners, the drudge and chattel of the primeval tribe has risen to impose her law upon the modern world.

    Apologia Diffidentis

  • But the school of _courtoisie_ prevailed; the most celebrated of the troubadours are mundane, not to say profane; Walther von der

    Medieval Europe

  • Beaucoup moins deuez-vous boire a autruy toutes les fois que vous boiuez: que si l'on boit a vous, vous pouuez le refuser modestement, remerciant de bonne grace, & confessant de vous rendre; ou bien essayez vn peu le vin par courtoisie, principalement auec gens qui sont accoustumez. a cela,

    George Washington's Rules of Civility

  • Je ne voudrais pas manquer de courtoisie; but above all I would not intrude -- et je suis _très disposé_

    Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of Henry Reeve, C.B., D.C.L. In Two Volumes. Volume II.

  • Its derivation from _courtoisie_, courteousness, that is, behaviour like that at court, at once shows that it was primarily the reverence paid to a monarch.

    Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects Everyman's Library

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