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Unformatted text preview: • Marquis • Comte • Vicomte • English titles • Duke • Marquis • Earl • Viscount • Barron • Noble as Warrior • before Carolingian period, most fighting was on foot • all free men expected to fight • only in 9th c., mounted combat became privilege of nobility • training and equipment for mounted combat very expensive • only wealthy nobles had resources to equip troop • Knights and Nobles began to merge in 12th c. • Knights • at first, distinct from nobles • socially stratified • fought on horseback • chief function was warfare • mounted combat becomes possible when • improvements in horse-breeding • improved metallurgy for swords • so they didn’t break • horseshoes • armor • spread of the stirrup...
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- Fall '07
- History, Duke, Earl, Nobles, Peerage, legally defined group