Saturday, September 25, 2010

Who is a nobleman in Europe? (Part One: From Cesar to Emperor)

Modern studies have democratized the science of genealogy, showing that, when viewed in a long time, the nobility in Europe is closely related to other populations. "Blue blood" is just a myth invented to maintain class distinctions.

At the time of the Roman Republic, there were three groups of people: the patricians, the so-called knights and plebeians (common people). The term nobilis (noble) could be obtained only if you were descendant of consuls, that is, the top officials. With the collapse of the Roman Empire (476) and the emergence of the barbarian countries in Europe, gradually, new feudal nobility was created.

In Europe today there is practically no noble family (with the exception of Georgia), whose origin can be determined objectively for the period before 9th and 10th century.

Feudal nobles emerged as great medieval possessors of the land, members of the warrior class (knights) who, because of their merit to the ruler, received individual titles and privileges. In reality, more often they took individual titles and privileges by themselves.

To read Who is a nobleman in Europe? (Part Two: Seven Modern Kingdoms), click HERE.

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2 comments: on "Who is a nobleman in Europe? (Part One: From Cesar to Emperor)"

dulee said...

interesting!!! love it!!

Saill said...

I'm glad you like it. I hope that you explored other articles, there are some really interesting facts among them.
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