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Ranks of Nobility

Postby Unknown Knight » Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:05 pm

I was wondering what are the ranks of nobility?

I read of knights, kings, barons, and earls, but I've never really figured out who's above who.

Could you list them starting from king to knight (or whatever the smallest possible noble is)?

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Postby Tower of Iron Will » Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:48 pm

The basic rundown of the european forms of nobility starting with the lowest and moving up is:

Knight (lowest)
King (highest)

Most times you may hear the name "Lord" Smith, or "Lady" Scarlet, which may refer to a Baron, Viscount, Earl, or Duke. Such as, Lord Tower, Arch-Duke of Sacramento, for example, or Lady Lorraine, Baroness of Fairfield. Wikipedia or a good dictionary will help you research each title. What I did years ago is make a list and write down the definition for each in heirarchal order until I memorized them.

Whats really cool is that different countries have different names for the titles to add a little spice. Hope this helps.
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Postby ottoatm » Tue Dec 04, 2007 4:18 pm

Excellent description Tower - I must confess to asking this question to myself all of the time, and always struggling to get a good rank list - yours shall be saved.

I think that members of SCA may know this as well~

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n. pl. Knights Templars or Knights Templar
1.A member of an order of knights founded about 1118 to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land during the Second Crusade.

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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:29 pm

In late medieval england the break down is a bit simple.

esquire -a person of knightly family or weath that is not knighted-


Banoret as the lesser baron is a post medieval rank.
banneret is a military rank of a man who leads knights but does not change the status socially of the knight doing this.
viscount in the medieval period is sheriff- it is not till the period ends in england that this changes.

Dukes come in into English system in the 14th century with either the Duke of Cornwall (Prince Edward) or the Duke of Lancaster I cannot remember but it is either in the 1330's or 1340's).

Beware that this changes from kingdom and country.... and time to time.

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Postby Danielas » Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:52 pm

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