The valet at the royal courts from the 16th to the 18th century was the holder of a higher court office . His tasks included the supervision and care of the princely private apartments, he was mostly in a close relationship of trust with his master, whereby one had to exclude very large (for example imperial) courts due to their large number of people with the same court offices. His court rank was derived from the chamberlain . His female counterpart was the maid .
- Pierre de La Porte 1603-1680
- Johannes Kunckel 1630–1703 "Secret valet"
- Michael Gabriel Fredersdorf 1708–1758
- Christian Daniel Rauch 1777–1857
- August Sabac el Cher around 1836–1886
- Johann Loschek (1845–1932), valet of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary
- Eugen Ketterl (1859–1928), valet of Emperor Franz Joseph I.
- Heinrich Philipp Boßler (1744–1812), valet and secretary to Prince Ludwig Georg Karl of Hesse-Darmstadt
- Hermann Kellenbenz : The valet, a type of court society. His role as an entrepreneur In: Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte Vol. 72, 1985, pp. 476–507
- Peter Bahl : The court of the great elector. Studies on the higher officials in Brandenburg-Prussia (= publications from the archives of Preussischer Kulturbesitz. Supplement 8). Böhlau, Cologne 2001, ISBN 978-3-412-08300-7 (also: revised dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin 1999).
- What does maid mean in German in worterbuchdeutsch.com/de
- De la Porte was the first valet and left his memoirs, see also the list of the first valet at the French royal and imperial court .