A Class Apart

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Public enthusiasm for aristocrats is at an all-time low, and it’s no use saying that Boris Johnson and David Cameron are going to walk the next election and therefore the aristocracy must be enjoying some sort of revival, because that is just not true. Aristocrats make people cross. They are regarded as idle, feckless, rich […]

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Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

To get on in ancien régime France, it helped to be a noble. The king’s courtiers were noble, as were his ministers, the intendants who governed the provinces in his name and the magistrates who staffed the parlements where laws were registered and justice was dispensed. So too were the top ranks of the army, […]

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