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The French nobility French: la noblesse was a privileged social class in France during the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period to the revolution in 1790 The nobility was revived in 1805 with limited rights as a titled elite class from the First Empire to the fall of the July Monarchy in 1848, when all privileges were abolished for good Hereditary titles, without privileges, continued to be granted until the Second Empire fell in 1870 They survive among their descendants as a social convention and as part of the legal name of the corresponding individuals

In the political system of pre-Revolutionary France, the nobility made up the Second Estate of the Estates General with the Catholic clergy comprising the First Estate and the bourgeoisie and peasants in the Third Estate Although membership in the noble class was mainly inherited, it was not a fully closed order New individuals were appointed to the nobility by the monarchy, or they could purchase rights and titles, or join by marriage

Sources differ about the actual number of nobles in France, however, proportionally, it was among the smallest noble classes in Europe For the year 1789, French historian François Bluche gives a figure of 140,000 nobles 9,000 noble families and states that about 5% of nobles could claim descent from feudal nobility before the 15th century1 With a total population of 28 million, this would represent merely 05% Historian Gordon Wright gives a figure of 300,000 nobles of which 80,000 were from the traditional noblesse d'épée,2 which agrees with the estimation of historian Jean de Viguerie,3 or a little over 1% In terms of land holdings, at the time of the revolution, noble estates comprised about one-fifth of the land4


  • 1 Privileges
  • 2 Duties
  • 3 Forms of French nobility
    • 31 Classes of French nobility
  • 4 Titles, peerage, and orders
  • 5 Economic status
  • 6 Aristocratic codes
  • 7 Power and protest
  • 8 Nobility and the Enlightenment
  • 9 The abolition of privileges during the French Revolution
  • 10 Nobility since the Revolution
  • 11 Symbols
    • 111 Ancien Régime
    • 112 Napoleonic Empire
    • 113 July Monarchy
  • 12 Gallery
  • 13 See also
  • 14 Notes
  • 15 References


A signet ring with coat of arms

The French nobility had specific legal and financial rights and prerogatives The first official list of these prerogatives was established relatively late, under Louis XI after 1440, and included the right to hunt, to wear a sword and, in principle, to possess a seigneurie land to which certain feudal rights and dues were attached Nobles were also granted an exemption from paying the taille, except for non-noble lands they might possess in some regions of France Furthermore, certain ecclesiastic, civic, and military positions were reserved for nobles These feudal privileges are often termed droits de féodalité dominante

With the exception of a few isolated cases, serfdom had ceased to exist in France by the 15th century In early modern France, nobles nevertheless maintained a great number of seigneurial privileges over the free peasants that worked lands under their control They could, for example, levy the cens tax, an annual tax on lands leased or held by vassals Nobles could also charge banalités for the right to use the lord's mills, ovens, or wine presses Alternatively, a noble could demand a portion of vassals' harvests in return for permission to farm land he owned Nobles also maintained certain judicial rights over their vassals, although with the rise of the modern state many of these privileges had passed to state control, leaving rural nobility with only local police functions and judicial control over violation of their seigneurial rights

In the 17th century this seigneurial system was established in France's North American possessions


However, the nobles also had responsibilities Nobles were required to honor, serve, and counsel their king They were often required to render military service for example, the impôt du sang or "blood tax"

The rank of "noble" was forfeitable: certain activities could cause dérogeance loss of nobility Most commercial and manual activities were strictly prohibited, although nobles could profit from their lands by operating mines and forges

Forms of French nobilityedit

The nobility in France was never an entirely closed class Nobility and hereditary titles were distinct: while all hereditary titleholders were noble, most nobles were untitled, although many assumed titres de courtoisie Nobility could be granted by the king or, until 1578, acquired by a family which had occupied a government or military post of high enough rank for three generations Once acquired, nobility was normally hereditary in the legitimate male-line for all male descendants Wealthy families found ready opportunities to pass into the nobility: although nobility itself could not, legally, be purchased, lands to which noble rights and/or title were attached could be and often were bought by commoners who adopted use of the property's name or title and were henceforth assumed to be noble if they could find a way to be exempted from paying the taille to which only commoners were subject Moreover, non-nobles who owned noble fiefs were obliged to pay a special tax franc-fief on the property to the noble liege-lord Properly, only those who were already noble could assume a hereditary title attached to a noble fief ie a barony, viscounty, countship, marquisate or dukedom, thereby acquiring a title recognised but not conferred by the French crown

The children of a French nobleman whether a peer or not, unlike those of a British peer, were not considered commoners but untitled nobles

Inheritance was recognized only in the male line, with a few exceptions noblesse uterine in the formerly independent provinces of Champagne, Lorraine and Brittany

The king could grant nobility to individuals, convert land into noble fiefs or, elevate noble fiefs into titled estates The king could also confer special privileges, such as peerage, on a noble fief In general, these patents needed to be officially registered with the regional Parlement In the case of an unwilling Parlement, the land-owner was termed à brevet as in duc à brevet or duke by certificate

Classes of French nobilityedit

French nobility is generally divided into the following classes:

  • Noblesse d'épée nobility of the sword, also known as noblesse de race "Nobility through breeding": the hereditary gentry and nobility who originally had to swear oaths of fealty and perform military service for the King in exchange for their titles
    • Noblesse uterine "Nobility of the female line", was for titles that were matrilineal held through the mother's line and could be inherited by female heirs; this was found in some families in the former independent territories of Champagne, Lorraine and Brittany
    • Noblesse d'extraction "Nobility of descent": Nobility of seize-quartiers "sixteen Quarterings": having a coat of arms of at least sixteen quarterings partitions on the field of a composite coat of arms showing each coat of arms the person is entitled to This means that the person has pure noble or gentle ancestry going back at least four generations parents 2 "quarterings", grandparents 4 quarterings, great-grandparents 8 quarterings, and great-great-grandparents 16 quarterings
  • Noblesse de robe nobility of the robe: person or family made noble by holding certain official charges, like masters of requests, treasurers, or Presidents of Parlement courts
    • Noblesse de chancellerie nobility of the chancery: commoner made noble by holding certain high offices for the king
    • Noblesse de cloche "nobility of the bell" or Noblesse échevinale/Noblesse scabinale "Nobility of the Aldermen": person or family made noble by being a mayor Bourgmestre or alderman échevin or prévôt Provost, or "municipal functionary" in certain towns such as Abbeville and Angers, Angoulême, Bourges, Lyon, Toulouse, Paris, Perpignan, and Poitiers Some towns and cities received the status temporarily or sporadically, like Cognac, Issoudun, La Rochelle, Lyon, Nantes, Niort, Saint-Jean-d'Angély and Tours There were only 14 such communities by the beginning of the Revolution
    • Noblesse militaire military nobility: person or family made noble by holding military offices, generally after two or three generations

Nobles sometimes made the following distinctions based on the age of their status:

  • Noblesse chevaleresque knightly nobility or noblesse ancienne "Old Nobility": nobility from before the year 1400, who inherited their titles from time immemorial
  • Noblesse des lettres nobility through Letters Patent: person made noble by letters patent from after the year 1400

Commoners were referred to as roturiers Magistrates and men of law were sometimes called robins

The acquisition of titles of nobility could be done in one generation or gradually over several generations:

  • Noblesse au premier degré nobility in the first generation: nobility awarded in the first generation, generally after 20 years of service or by death in one's post
  • Noblesse graduelle: nobility awarded in the second generation, generally after 20 years of service by both father and son

The noblesse de lettres became, starting in the reign of Francis I, a handy method for the court to raise revenues; non-nobles possessing noble fiefs would pay a year's worth of revenues from their fiefs to acquire nobility In 1598, Henry IV undid a number of these anoblissments, but eventually resumed the practice

The noblesse de cloche dates from 1372 for the city of Poitiers and was found only in certain cities with legal and judicial freedoms; by the Revolution these cities were only a handful

The noblesse de chancellerie first appeared during the reign of Charles VIII at the end of the 15th century To hold the office of chancellor required with few exceptions noble status, so non-nobles given the position were raised to the nobility, generally after 20 years of service Non-nobles paid enormous sums to hold these positions, but this form of nobility was often derided as savonnette à villain "soap for serfs"

The noblesse de robe existed by longstanding tradition In 1600 it gained legal status High positions in regional parlements, tax boards chambres des comptes, and other important financial and official state offices usually bought at high price conferred nobility, generally in two generations, although membership in the Parlements of Paris, Dauphiné, Besançon and Flanders, as well as on the tax boards of Paris, Dole and Grenoble elevated an official to nobility in one generation

These state offices could be lost by a family at the unexpected death of the office holder In an attempt to gain more tax revenues, the king's financial advisor, financier Charles Paulet, instituted the Paulette in 1604 This was a yearly tax of 1/60th of the price of the office that insured hereditary transmission This annual tax solidified the hereditary acquisition of public office in France, and by the middle of the 17th century the majority of office holders were already noble from long possession of thereof

Henry IV began to enforce the law against usurpation of titles of nobility, and in 1666–1674 Louis XIV mandated a massive program of verification of hereditary titles Oral testimony maintaining that parents and grandparents had been born noble and lived as such were no longer accepted: written proofs marriage contracts, land documents proving noble rank since 1560 were required to substantiate noble status Many families were put back on the lists of the taille and/or forced to pay fines for usurping noble titles

Titles, peerage, and ordersedit

There were two kinds of titles used by French nobles: some were personal ranks and others were linked to the fiefs owned, called fiefs de dignité

During the ancien régime, there was no distinction of rank by title except for the title of duke, which was often associated with the strictly regulated privileges of the peerage, including precedence above other titled nobles The hierarchy within the French nobility below peers was initially based on seniority; a count whose family had been noble since the 14th century was higher-ranked than a marquis whose title only dated to the 15th century Precedence at the royal court was based on the family's ancienneté, its alliances marriages, its hommages dignities and offices held and, lastly, its illustrations record of deeds and achievements

  • Titles:
    • Duc: possessor of a duchy duché—a feudal property, not an independent principality and recognition as duke by the king
    • Prince: possessor of a lordship styled a principality principauté; most such titles were held by family tradition and were treated by the court as titres de courtoisie—often borne by the eldest sons of the more important duke-peers This title of prince is not to be confused with the rank of prince, borne by the princes du sang, the princes légitimés or the princes étrangers whose high precedence derived from their kinship to actual rulers
    • Marquis: possessor of a marquessate marquisat, but often assumed by a noble family as a titre de courtoisie
    • Comte: possessor of a county comté or self-assumed
    • Vicomte: possessor of a viscounty vicomté or self-assumed
    • Baron: possessor of a barony baronnie or self-assumed
  • Ranks:
    • Fils de France: son of a king or dauphin
    • Petit-fils de France: grandson of a king in the male line
    • Prince du Sang "prince of the blood": a remote, legitimate male-line descendant of a king of France5
    • Peer of France was technically a dignity of the Crown as, eg, marshal of France, but became in fact the highest hereditary rank borne by the French nobility—always in conjunction with a title eg "Duc et Pair", "Comte-Pair" The peerage was originally awarded only to princes of the blood, some legitimised and foreign princes, often the heads of the kingdom's most ancient and powerful families, and a few bishops Eventually it was almost always granted in conjunction with the title of duke Gradually the peerage came to be conferred more broadly as a reward for distinguished military or diplomatic service, but also on favourites of the king eg les mignons The peers were entitled to seats in the Parliament of Paris, the most important judicial court in the kingdom
    • Prince légitimé legitimised son or male-line descendant of a king Precise rank depended upon the king's favour
    • Prince étranger "foreign prince": members of foreign royal or princely families naturalized at the French court, such as the Clèves, Rohan, La Tour d'Auvergne, and Lorraine-Guise
    • Chevalier an otherwise untitled nobleman who belonged to an order of chivalry; earlier, a rank for untitled members of the oldest noble families Later distinction was that a Knight Sieur went through the dubbing ceremony touched with a sword on the head and shoulders by the King, while the lesser rank of Chevalier or Knight Bachelor received the rank without the ceremony
    • Écuyer literally: "shield bearer" lowest specific rank in the nobility, to which the vast majority of untitled nobles were entitled; also called valet or noble homme in certain regions
    • Gentilhomme lowest non-specific rank indicating nobility
    • Seigneur "Squire" term for the untitled owner of a feudal property; strictly, neither a title nor a rank, it indicated that a landlord's property had certain noble rights attached, although properly it did not indicate the owner was noble, especially after the 17th century
    • Bâtard Recognized bastard son of a gentleman or nobleman They could not usually inherit a title if any claimants of legitimate birth existed but could be employed in their father's retinue Bastard sons and daughters were often married off to allied or subordinate families to strengthen ties or to bind lesser families to them

The use of the nobiliary particle de in noble names Fr: la particule was not officially controlled in France unlike von in the German states, and is not reliable evidence of the bearer's nobility In the 18th and 19th centuries, the de was adopted by some non-nobles like Honoré de Balzac in an attempt to appear noble6

Each rank of nobility — royal prince, prince belonging to collateral lines of the royal family prince du sang, duc, marquis, comte, vicomte, baron, etc — conferred its own privileges; dukes for example could enter royal residences in a carriage, duchesses could sit on a stool tabouret in the queen's presence Dukes in France — the most important group after the princes — were further divided into those who were also "peers" Duc et Pair and those who were not Dukes without a peerage fell into one of two groups: those never granted peerage fiefs by the king, and those for whom the Parlement of Paris refused to register the king's lettres patentes, permanently or temporarily, as a protest against the promotion

Noble hierarchies were further complicated by the creation of chivalric orders — the Chevaliers du Saint-Esprit Knights of the Holy Spirit created by Henry III in 1578; the Ordre de Saint-Michel created by Louis XI in 1469; the Order of Saint Louis created by Louis XIV in 1696 — by official posts, and by positions in the Royal House the Great Officers of the Crown of France, such as grand maître de la garde-robe the grand master of the royal wardrobe, being the royal dresser or grand panetier royal bread server, which had long ceased to be actual functions and had become nominal and formal positions with their own privileges The 17th and 18th centuries saw nobles and the noblesse de robe battle each other for these positions and any other sign of royal favor

Attending the ceremony of the king's waking at Versailles the smaller and intimate petit lever du roi and the more formal grand lever du roi, being asked to cross the barriers that separated the royal bed from the rest of the room, being invited to talk to the king, or being mentioned by the king all were signs of favor and actively sought after

Economic statusedit

Economic studies of nobility in France reveal great differences in financial status At the end of the 18th century, a well-off family could earn 100,000–150,000 livres per year, although the most prestigious families could gain two or three times that much For provincial nobility, yearly earnings of 10,000 livres permitted a minimum of provincial luxury, but most earned far less7 The ethics of noble expenditure, the financial crises of the century and the inability of nobles to participate in most fields without losing their nobility contributed to their poverty

In the 18th century, the Comte de Boulainvilliers, a rural noble, posited the belief that French nobility had descended from the victorious Franks, while non-nobles descended from the conquered Gauls The theory had no validity, but offered a comforting myth for an impoverished noble class8

Aristocratic codesedit

The idea of what it meant to be noble went through a radical transformation from the 16th to the 17th centuries Through contact with the Italian Renaissance and their concept of the perfect courtier Baldassare Castiglione, the rude warrior class was remodeled into what the 17th century would come to call l'honnête homme 'the honest or upright man', among whose chief virtues were eloquent speech, skill at dance, refinement of manners, appreciation of the arts, intellectual curiosity, wit, a spiritual or platonic attitude in love, and the ability to write poetry Most notable of noble values are the aristocratic obsession with "glory" la gloire and majesty la grandeur and the spectacle of power, prestige, and luxury9 For example, Pierre Corneille's noble heroes have been criticised by modern readers who have seen their actions as vainglorious, criminal, or hubristic; aristocratic spectators of the period would have seen many of these same actions as representative of their noble stationverification needed

The château of Versailles, court ballets, noble portraits, triumphal arches were all representations of glory and prestige The notion of glory military, artistic, etc was seen in the context of the Roman Imperial model; it was not seen as vain or boastful, but as a moral imperative to the aristocratic classes Nobles were required to be "generous" and "magnanimous", to perform great deeds disinterestedly ie because their status demanded it – whence the expression noblesse oblige – and without expecting financial or political gain, and to master their own emotions, especially fear, jealousy, and the desire for vengeance One's status in the world demanded appropriate externalisation or "conspicuous consumption" Nobles indebted themselves to build prestigious urban mansions hôtels particuliers and to buy clothes, paintings, silverware, dishes, and other furnishings befitting their rank They were also required to show liberality by hosting sumptuous parties and by funding the arts10

Conversely, social parvenus who took on the external trappings of the noble classes such as the wearing of a sword were severely criticised, sometimes by legal action; laws on sumptuous clothing worn by bourgeois existed since the Middle Ages

Traditional aristocratic values began to be criticised in the mid 17th century: Blaise Pascal, for example, offered a ferocious analysis of the spectacle of power and François de La Rochefoucauld posited that no human act—however generous it pretended to be—could be considered disinterested

By relocating the French royal court to Versailles in the 1680s, Louis XIV further modified the role of the nobles Versailles became a gilded cage: to leave spelled disaster for a noble, for all official charges and appointments were made there Provincial nobles who refused to join the Versailles system were locked out of important positions in the military or state offices, and lacking royal subsidies and unable to keep up a noble lifestyle on seigneurial taxes, these rural nobles hobereaux often went into debt A strict etiquette was imposed: a word or glance from the king could make or destroy a career At the same time, the relocation of the court to Versailles was also a brilliant political move by Louis By distracting the nobles with court life and the daily intrigue that came with it, he neutralized a powerful threat to his authority and removed the largest obstacle to his ambition to centralize power in France

Power and protestedit

Before Louis XIV imposed his will on the nobility, the great families of France often claimed a fundamental right to rebel against unacceptable royal abuse The Wars of Religion, the Fronde, the civil unrest during the minority of Charles VIII and the regencies of Anne of Austria and Marie de Medici are all linked to these perceived loss of rights at the hand of a centralizing royal power

Much of the power of nobles in these periods of unrest comes from their "clientèle system" Like the king, nobles granted the use of fiefs, and gave gifts and other forms of patronage to other nobles to develop a vast system of noble clients Lesser families would send their children to be squires and members of these noble houses, and to learn in them the arts of court society and arms

The elaboration of the ancien régime state was made possible only by redirecting these clientèle systems to a new focal point the king and the state, and by creating countervailing powers the bourgeoisie, the noblesse de robe11 By the late 17th century, any act of explicit or implicit protest was treated as a form of lèse-majesté and harshly repressed

Nobility and the Enlightenmentedit

Many key Enlightenment figures were French nobles, such as Montesquieu, whose full name was Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu

The abolition of privileges during the French Revolutionedit

The abolition of privileges, relief by Léopold Morice at the "Monument to the Republic", Paris

At the beginning of the French Revolution, on August 4, 1789 the dues that a peasant had to pay to the lord, such as the banalités of Manorialism, were abolished by the National Constituent Assembly; noble lands were stripped of their special status as fiefs; the nobility were subjected to the same taxation as their co-nationals, and lost their privileges the hunt, seigneurial justice, funeral honors The nobles were, however, allowed to retain their titles

Nevertheless, it was decided that certain annual financial payments which were owed the nobility and which were considered "contractual" ie not stemming from a usurpation of feudal power, but from a contract between a landowner and a tenant such as annual rents the cens and the champart needed to be bought back by the tenant for the tenant to have clear title to his land Since the feudal privileges of the nobles had been termed droits de feodalité dominante, these were called droits de féodalité contractante The rate set May 3, 1790 for purchase of these contractual debts was 20 times the annual monetary amount or 25 times the annual amount if given in crops or goods; peasants were also required to pay back any unpaid dues over the past thirty years No system of credit was established for small farmers, and only well-off individuals could take advantage of the ruling This created a massive land grab by well-off peasants and members of the middle-class, who became absentee landowners and had their land worked by sharecroppers and poor tenants12

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen had adopted by vote of the Assembly on August 26, 1789, but the abolition of nobility did not occur at that time The Declaration declared in its first article that "Men are born free and equal in rights; social distinctions may be based only upon general usefulness" It was not until June 19, 1790, that hereditary titles of nobility were abolished The notions of equality and fraternity won over some nobles such as the Marquis de Lafayette who supported the abolition of legal recognition of nobility, but other liberal nobles who had happily sacrificed their fiscal privileges saw this as an attack on the culture of honor

Nobility since the Revolutionedit

See also: Nobles of the First French Empire

Nobility and hereditary titles were abolished by the Revolutions of 1789 and 1848, but hereditary titles were restored by decree in 1852 and have not been abolished by any subsequent law However, since 1875 the President of the Republic neither confers nor confirms French titles specific foreign titles continued to be authorised for use in France by the office of the President as recently as 1961, but the French state still verifies them; civil courts can protect them; and criminal courts can prosecute their abuse

The Bourbon Restoration of Louis XVIII saw the return of the old nobility to power while ultra-royalists clamored for a return of lost lands The electoral laws of 1817 limited suffrage to only the wealthiest or most prestigious members less than 05% of the population, which included many of the old nobility

Napoléon Bonaparte established his own hereditary titles during the Empire, and these new aristocrats were confirmed in legal retention of their titles even after his overthrow In all, about 2200 titles were created by Napoleon I:

  • Princes and Dukes:
    • sovereign princes 3
    • duchies grand fiefs 20
    • victory princes 4
    • victory dukedoms 10
    • other dukedoms 3
  • Counts 251
  • Barons 1516
  • Knights 385

In 1975, there were 239 remaining families holding First Empire titles Of those, perhaps 130–140 were titled Only one title of prince and seven titles of duke remain

Napoleon also established a new knightly order in 1802, the Légion d'honneur, which still exists but is not hereditary

Between 1830 and 1848 Louis Philippe, King of the French retained the House of Peers established by the Bourbons under the Restoration, although he made the peerage non-hereditary, and granted hereditary titles, but without "nobility"

The Second Empire of Napoleon III also conferred hereditary titles until monarchy was again abolished in 1870 While the Third Republic returned once again to the principles of equality espoused by the Revolution at least among the political Radical party, in practice the upper echelons of French society maintained their notion of social distinction well into the 20th century as attested to, for example, by the presence of nobility and noble class distinctions in the works of Marcel Proust

French courts have, however, held that the concept of nobility is incompatible with the equality of all citizens before the law proclaimed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man of 1789, and which remains part of the Constitution of 1958 "Nobility", as a legal concept and status, has therefore been effectively abolished in France

Nonetheless, extant titles which were hereditary under one of France's monarchical regimes are considered part of the legal name which descend according to their original grants insofar as they pass from and to males only13 They are incapable of becoming a legal part of the name by self-assumption or prolonged usage,14 and are entitled to the same protections in French civil and criminal courts as the name, even though they afford neither privilege nor precedence cf peerage of the United Kingdom15 Regulation of titles is carried out by a bureau of the Ministry of Justice, which can verify and authorize the bearer to make legal use of the title in official documents such as birth certificates16


In France, the signet ring chevalière bearing the coat of arms is traditionally worn by French noblemen on the ring finger of their left hand, contrary to usage in most other European countries where it is worn on the little finger of either the right or left hand, depending on the country; French noblewomen however wear it on their little finger The chevalière may either be worn facing up en baise-main or facing toward the palm en bagarre In contemporary usage, the inward position is increasingly common, although for some noble families the inward position is traditionally used to indicate that the wearer is marriedcitation needed

Ancien Régimeedit

King Roi de France Dauphin of France Royal Prince of the Blood Prince of the Blood
Duke and Peer of France Duke Marquis and Peer of France Marquis
Count and Peer of France Count Count older Viscount
Vidame Baron Knight's crown Knight's tortillon

Napoleonic Empireedit

Emperor Prince Imperial Prince Duke
Count Baron Knight Bonnet

July Monarchyedit

King of the


See alsoedit

  • Dukes in France and List of French dukedoms
  • List of French marquisates
  • List of coats of arms of French peers
  • List of French peers
  • List of French peerages
  • Peerage of France
  • Seigneurial system of New France
  • Surviving families of the French nobility in French


  1. ^ Bluche, 84
  2. ^ Wright, 15
  3. ^ Viguerie, 1232
  4. ^ Hobsbawm, 57, citing Henri Eugène Sée's Esquisse d'une histoire du régime agraire en Europe aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles 1991
  5. ^ some very remote but legitimate descendants of French kings were never acknowledged by the Valois or Bourbon kings as princes of the blood royal, eg the Princes de Carency, cadets of Jean I de Bourbon, Count of La Marche and the Princes de Courtenay, cadets of Louis VI of France
  6. ^ Lucas, Colin August 1973 "Nobles, Bourgeois and the Origins of the French Revolution" Past & Present Oxford University Press 60: 90–91 doi:101093/past/60184 
  7. ^ Viguerie, 1233
  8. ^ Viguerie, 781–2
  9. ^ See Bénichou
  10. ^ For more on this, see Elias This kind of expenditure mandated by social status also links to the theories of sociologist Marcel Mauss on the "gift"
  11. ^ See Major
  12. ^ See Soboul, 192–195 for information on the abolition of privileges
  13. ^ "La transmission des titres ne se fait plus, dans le droit moderne, que de mâle à mâle" Trib Civ Falaise, 21 Fév 1959
  14. ^ "si le titre nobiliaire suit, en général, les règles du nom patronymique, il ne s'acquiert pas, comme lui, par le simple usage, même prolongé; il lui faut, à l'origine, une investiture émanant de l'autorité souveraine" Civ 11 mai 1948, Dalloz 1948 335
  15. ^ "Les titres nobiliaires, dépouillés aujourd'hui de tout privilège féodal et même de tout privilège de rang, n'ont plus qu'un caractère personnel et honorofique et ne peuvent même plus être considérés, du point de vue juridique, que comme un complément du nom patronymique permettant de mieux distinguer l'identité des personnes, tout en perpétuant de grands souvenirs; si, en vertu de cette sorte de lien de subordination entre le titre nobiliaire et le nom patronymique, il est dû la même protection au titre qu'au nom, on ne lui doit pas une protection spéciale et privilégiée" Paris, 2 Jan 1896 Dalloz 1896 2328
  16. ^ Texier, Alain Qu'est-ce que la noblesse Paris, 1987, pp 407-10


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