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21 Traditional Social Class in the United Kingdom

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Traditional Social Class in the United Kingdom (1707-1900) Descending order of Class (Modified from Wikipedia “Social Structure of United Kingdom”) Sovereign: King or Queen Royal (Royalty): A member of the royal family, a prince, a close relative of the queen or king. Peer (Peerage, Noble/Archbishop): The peers were generally large land holders, living solely off assets, sat in the House of Lords and either held court or played a role in court depending upon the time frame referenced. 1. Duke 2. Marquis (Marquess) 3. Earl 4. Viscount 5. Baron Baronet: A baronet held a hereditary style of knighthood, giving the highest rank below a peerage. Knight: The definition of a knight depends upon the century in which the term was applied. In very early medieval times a knight was a common soldier; later as cavalry became more important the knight's role became more associated with wealth. By the seventeenth century a knight was a senior member of the gentry, and the military role would be one of sheriff of a county, or organizing a larger body of military forces, or in civil service
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exercising judicial authority. He was a large land owner, and his younger sons would often
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