That messy French system!
Posted by Inko on January 01, 1998 at 22:33:17:
In response to French Titles, written by The Mysterious H.C. on January 01, 1998 at 09:26:48
] I gather that the French system of nobility was a lot more messy than the British system, and that (as is frequent on the Continent), one's formal noble rank (duke, count, baron etc.) isn't really nearly as significant as the antiquity of one's family, and how one's title of nobility was aquired
It is no wonder that the French system was messy when you consider that many, or the majority, of those who held titles before 1792 lost them (by a head) during "the terror"! Then, just over a decade later, Napoleon created a whole set of new titles! That's probably why, nowadays, they look at the antiquity of the family rather than at the title. Probably also depends on whether they are pro-royalist or pro-Napoleon!
I am reading a book from the library right now to gather background info. called "Daily Life in France under Napoleon" and from that it appears that everything was messy in France in those days, not just their method of titles!;-)
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