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NOBILITY. An order of men in several countries to whom privileges are granted at the expense of the rest of the people.
     2. The constitution of the United States provides that no state shall "grant any title of nobility; and no person can become a citizen of the United States until he has renounced all titles of nobility." The Federalist, No. 84; 2 Story, Laws U. S. 851. 3. There is not in the constitution any general prohibition against any citizen whomsoever, whether in public or private life, accepting any foreign title of nobility. An amendment of the constitution in this respect has been recommended by congress, but it has not been ratified by a sufficient number of states to make it a part of the constitution. Rawle on the Const. 120; Story, Const. Sec. 1346.

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From that time on during papal elections the College of Cardinals was a pawn of the ruling faction of the Roman noble families.
However, if by 'them' he means the upper class, then his argument is flawed for although I am from noble stock from four different noble families, I am indeed classed a common man, and no, I do not see the need for jealousy.
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He perished in the Battle of Bosworth during the War of the Roses, a long-lasting civil war between noble families of England.
Once a palace for one of Venice's noble families, it dates back to the 15th century.
Along with several other noble families, they sail to America, where French Azilium, as the area came to be known, is being carved out of the rugged wilderness of Pennsylvania.
The recently uncovered building was possibly used as a summer house and must have belonged to one of the noble families living in a nearby Sassanian city, which is now under the water of the reservoir behind the new Seimareh Dam.
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Somebody else had worked out his family tree and I was able to link it with Sue and noble families, and then the Welsh princes.
She advised the young girls of noble families to come forward and join the noble profession of nursing.