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Nobility, rural
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1. Concept and scholarship

The term “rural nobility” describes a traditional form of existence, found across Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day, of nobility living in agricultural surroundings on their domains and estates [7]; [1]; [6]. Literature and scholarship formerly tended to give an ambivalent portrait of the early modern rural nobility. The “Herr Baron” was supposedly one of the most influential noblemen of Westphalia because his castle had doors…

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Gersmann, Gudrun, “Nobility, rural”, 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 03 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023010>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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