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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Although this study of women as guardians focuses on a limited number of noble families, it does reveal that the patriarchy of early modern Spain was a complex system in which gender roles were not 'set in stone'.
Game of Thrones is an expansive saga set in the Seven Kingdoms of the mythical continent Westeros and follows several noble families as they vie to rule the land.
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.
The problem is: his dad's a blacksmith and only boys from noble families can dream of becoming a knight.
As aristocracies in England and France struggled to meet the economic demands of escalating dowries and the restrictions primogeniture imposed on them, partible inheritance assured German noble families of a certain equality among inheriting male siblings and helped to fix dowries for their daughters.
The term has generally been used to describe women who did not uphold the culture's accepted ideal of the female role and instead operated in a male role as executors or heads of noble families. Mitchell believes that the underlying negative connotations of the term suggest that although the society was aware that women, because of historical accident, needed to perform in the male role, many continued to be uncomfortable with the prospect.
By the mid-eighteenth century a row of imposing residences and gardens lined the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, where noble families and courtiers organized lavish entertainments in an environment "associated with a rejection of the status distinctions that underpinned social contacts in the city and at court."
The acting students came from noble families, they grew up in palaces, among the portraits of their elders--so the historic figures on the stage were much closer to them.
Although historical work on family structures has thrown much light on the noble families of the Middle Ages, and it is a commonplace of literary scholarship that aristocratic society forms an essential social framework for medieval vernacular literature, much still remains to be done to bring the strands of historical and literary research together in this field.
Set in Verona, Italy, the plot, as in the original, revolves around the long-standing feud between two noble families. When teenaged Juliet (Hye-Young Kim), the daughter of Lord Capulet, falls in love with Romeo Montague (John Welker), the son of her father's nemesis, the die is cast.
Some 20 percent of young noble males became monks or priests, so Bouchard emphasizes the relationship of noble families to local monasteries.
His method is to study the transformation of a socially and legally fluid group around 1300 into a precisely defined group of noble families over the next 250 years.