Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

Get access

Noble life
(2,329 words)

1. Definition

Between the 15th and 19th centuries, the heterogeneity of the European nobility was also reflected in their everyday life and experience. On the spectrum ranging from the life of the representatives of the ancient French nobility, tightly enmeshed in the ceremonial obligations of lordship, through the Portuguese fidalgo to the impoverished rural nobility on the periphery of the Old Empire, there were no biographical points of contact even …

Cite this page
Gersmann, Gudrun, “Noble life”, 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 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016585>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

▲   Back to top   ▲