[LMB] Marrying out of Vor

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Dec 16 21:12:34 GMT 2014

> On Dec 16, 2014, at 13:49, Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz at shellx.eskimo.com> wrote:
> This is the English pattern -- only one child inherited the noble
> status.  Vor status, on the contrary, seems to be extended to all
> children (which is more the norm in European aristocracies).  What
> this tended to mean, in both Europe and Japan, was that a large
> large class of people developed who had _only_ the status, but
> not the wealth that went along with it.  In England, these people
> could gradually sink into the middle class while still being
> connected to the rest of the family.  Elsewhere, not so much --
> people hung _hard_ onto their status and its privileges because
> that was all they had.

I've sometimes wondered how a rank-obsessed society would be if the rank of a child would automatically drop at each generation, according to a formula - with set requirements for gaining some rank back.    Obviously feudal society that did that would include military service as a way to increase rank.   Other ways could include a one-time cash payment (one rank only), or governmental services.    An interesting thing would be if the mother's rank was included in the formula - in which case a daughter might be given a chance to increase her rank as a kind of dowery.

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