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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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In tonight's opening double episode, Henry gets over cutting off the head of former wife Ann Boleyn by wedding for a third time, this time to shy, demure noblewoman Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis).
Just days after Anne Boleyn's execution, Henry VIII weds for the third time, marrying the blonde, shy noblewoman Jane Seymour.
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Painted by an unknown artist from Rajasthan, in northwestern India, this late-18th-century miniature watercolour portrays a beautiful noblewoman. One indication of her status is the rosewater sprinkler, or gulabpash, she holds.
It tells the story of Mnasidika (aka Dika) and how the Spartan noblewoman came to Lesbos.
Harriet Hosmer, lesbian expatriate and star of a 19th-century American art colony in Rome, carved this sensitive sculpture of Beatrice Cenci, a young 16th-century Italian noblewoman condemned to death for murdering her abusive father.
With his reputation as formidable among warriors and irresistible to women, Tannhauser reaches Carla la Penaultier, a French noblewoman who hires him to seek the illegitimate son she gave up at birth, living somewhere in Malta.
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William Dalrymple's account of the affair between James Kirk-patrick, a British political representative, and Khair un nissa, a young noblewoman of the court at Hyderabad, shows how theirs was both a romantic and political attachment between competing groups in an open and fluid political landscape.
One Last Thought: "The intimate sound of the clavichord, once whispered into a noblewoman's ear, now flies into a nearby microphone.