Noblesse d'epee

The ‘nobles of the sword’ are heirs to the military and chivalric traditions of France. Before the rise of the professional army in France in the latter half of the sixteenth century, the sword nobles were the men-at-arms (gens d’armes) of the French king, comprising the lion’s share of the French military strength. From the fifteenth century on, they were the core of the compagnies d’ordonnance, the foundation of the army, composed of noble knights and their archers or men-at-arms.

The sword nobles often trace their lineages for centuries. They are proud and jealous of their privileges and place in society.


Noblesse d'epee

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