Noblesse de robe

The ‘nobles of the robe,’ a reference to the gown worn by students at university, hold their titles not through tradition or military prowess but through their ownership of bureaucratic and judicial posts. In order for the emerging professional bureaucracy of the French state to have sufficient status to be taken seriously by the traditional nobility, it was necessary to make many administrative posts both venal (subject to purchase and inheritance) and noble.

The robe nobles are considered to be of a lesser nobility by the sword nobles, leading to considerable friction between the two classes.


Noblesse de robe

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