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date: 03 August 2020

aristocracy 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History
Author(s):
David HeyDavid Hey

The definition of an aristocrat has been contentious. Many have agreed with Dr Johnson that the gentry should not be included within the meaning of this term, yet others have insisted that the gentry were thought of as being noble in the Middle Ages, and should therefore be included even though a gentleman had no title. Some 19th‐century gentlemen, however, had no landed estate, which seemed an essential requirement of an aristocrat. See ... ...

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