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The Gendarmerie is the cavalry of the Royal Army exclusive of the Maison Militaire du Roi. The companies that compose the Gendarmerie are owned by members of the royal family, by the grands, and by the marshals of France. They are the lineal descendents of the gendarmes d’ordonnance, the companies of heavy cavalry consisting of a knight and his men-at-arms, raised by nobles to satisfy their feudal obligation to the king.
The Gendarmerie consists of six “squadrons” (companies) -