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Nobility, urban
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1. Urban hereditary nobility 

Scholars dispute what exactly “urban nobility” means, and whether the term is suitable at all for defining particular groups of urban dwellers (Town). On the one hand, it is used to denote a type of (lesser) nobility that lived a unique, to some extent quasi-bourgeois lifestyle. This was the urban nobility in its purest form, that is, hereditary nobles who lived in towns, and who also conducted substa…

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Gussone, Monika, “Nobility, urban”, 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 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028026>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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