The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Twenty-Five – Historical Tidbit

Our Historical Tidbit for today focuses on a concept already covered in one of our previous Vocabulary Focus blogs. It deals with a group that was very important to The Prince and the Pauper, so it’s worth taking a second look! Today’s Historical Tidbit is about…

NOBLES IN TUDOR ENGLAND

Keep reading or watch the video below to learn more.

Miles comes from a family of lesser-known nobles. Still, his home is the first glimpse we get as readers to the lives and homes of nobles at the time.

“The end of the village was soon reached; then the travellers struck into a crooked, narrow road, walled in with tall hedges, and hurried briskly along it for half a mile, then passed into a vast flower garden through an imposing gateway, whose huge stone pillars bore sculptured armorial devices. A noble mansion was before them.
‘Welcome to Hendon Hall, my King!’ exclaimed Miles. ” (p. 152)

Who are the Nobles?

  • Those ranked below the monarch but above common people
  • Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, Baron, Knight
  • About 1,500 members total
  • Generally hereditary (to a male heir)

What Did the Nobility Do?

  • Listened to petitions from people in their area
  • Social status was measured by…
    • How fancy/large is their home?
    • How many servants/attendants do they have?
  • People who successfully ran their household might be asked to go to London


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References

https://www.alison-morton.com/2014/04/03/victoria-lamb-amo-amas-amat-latin-in-tudor-england/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Latin

https://sites.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/vowels.html#:~:text=Old%20and%20Middle%20English%20were,to%20the%20sounds%20in%20Latin.&text=The%20Great%20Vowels%20Shift%20changed,%22%20%5BIPA%20%2Fi%2F%5D.

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