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rehearses the arguments for both sides; he argues that conspectae must equal conspiciendae, the point being that the loss is seems so much greater because of the illustriousness of the mother.
This society could be said to have drawn strength from the proper ranking of all--from the illustriousness of the mighty to the position of the lowliest bondsman in the field.
But while genealogists readily acclaimed the illustriousness of many noble families, it was clear that the elite "signori titolati del regno" were concentrated in about ten ancient noble families, inter-related by marriage.