The courts that were centers of power in the sixteenth century demonstrated their power through the use of art, architecture, music, dance, and literature. Charlie Steen describes the palaces in France, England, Spain, and the Netherlands, where every event was carefully planned and managed as a demonstration of prestige and power.

Charlie Steen’s classes place historical events in context with art, architecture, religion, and other cultural aspects of a period. He teaches western civilization at UNM. He is the author of several books, including his recently published A Cultural History of Early Modern Europe. A graduate of UNM, he also holds a PhD in early modern European history from UCLA.