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Ennoblement is elevation to the ranks of the nobility by a prince. In a wider sense, it can also refer to ascent through the estates of the realm, that is, elevation of a noble (or noble family) to a higher noble rank. In most European countries, ascent to the lesser nobility at least, at the beginning of the early modern period, was not yet by an explicit act of ennoblement, but was generally implicit, for instance by acquiring a suitable noble residence (e.g. a  manor [6], or a castle)…

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Asch, Ronald G., “Ennoblement”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024800>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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