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Nobility
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1. Concept

“Nobility” in English (from Latin nobilis, “celebrated,” “renowned”) is essentially synonymous with “aristocracy,” that is, the privileged order (of the “best people”, Greek áristoi) tha…

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Gersmann, Gudrun, “Nobility”, 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 11 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016563>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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