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Short Answer: I am not an expert on the British peerage, but I know of some evidence to suggest that possibly some hereditary British peers moght have lived a lifestyle that might be considered by some to be low enough to be considered lower class. Long Answer in seven parts: Evudence for the possibility of hereditary British Peers living lower class ...


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Following on from the comments, many would argue that class is fundamentally about money. The question makes reference exclusively to economic factors, like lords gambling away fortunes, living in council flats, and claiming dole. Not only do peerages come with rights to claim certain allowances which would guarantee an income well in excess of the average ...


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Although the title of your question refers specifically to the 12th century, your question asks for the High Middle Ages which is a longer period. As such, I will focus on the High Middle Ages of France. There are numerous examples of how succession might work during that time period thanks to the multitude of succession crises of France and Burgundy. ...


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