Posted by John W on June 08, 1998 at 16:38:12:
In response to Second Sons, written by Peg on June 08, 1998 at 10:41:39
The key points were the fact that, unlike France, only the eldest son of a noble was noble, and only when he succeeded, thought they might have courtesy titles; they did not therefore form a privileged class, one of the precipitants of the French Revolution; and the rule of primogeniture combined with the fanatic desire to preserve family estates undivided. Second and subsequent sons were therefore free to find careers in the Army, Navy and learned professions. There were few inhibitions about what they did.
- In This Sense. . . . Ken 07:45:42 6/09/98 (2)
- Thanks for clarifying that, Mr. W Marie-Bernadette 00:14:28 6/09/98 (0)
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