[LMB] Plot musing on topic
ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Mon Feb 10 02:05:03 GMT 2020
The younger son of an English noble was still noble, but just did not
(usually) inherit the estate. In later times, you'd have the eldest son
expected to inherit, while younger sons were slated for the military, the
clergy or the Bar.
On Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 2:56 PM Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz at eskimo.com> wrote:
> On Wed, February 5, 2020 1:31 pm, Matthew George wrote:
> > It's his oldest brother who runs Jurald Keep. Assuming things work
> > somewhat the way they did in actual Europe, younger sons had very little
> > to look forward to - which is part of why they often joined the military
> > or the priesthood.
> We should note that this varied a lot by country -- in England, for
> instance, only one son inherited noble status. In most of the German
> lands, _everyone_ inherited that status, meaning that lands ended up
> being divided and divided and divided, until there wasn't enough to
> support all the children.
> > Penric would have likely be considered too scrawny for
> > the mercenaries, and I guess he didn't feel a call to the priesthood,
> > so... backup heir is all he could really look forward to.
> There's always moving to the city and doing something in the way of
> Tony Z
> Et vocavit Deus, "Fiat lux!"
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