The qualification of gentleman , carried to France until the end of the 18th century, was a denomination specific to the legitimately noble men. They had the “kindness then”, i.e. the legal Noblesse.
Very noble was born thus gentleman. This quality was lost by Dérogeance, in various cases. The former gentleman was to then request letters of relief of dérogeance from the King to form part of the nobility again.
The gentleman remained in a gentilhommière (Manoir).
Any gentleman was born rider, even if it were not intended for soldiering. On the other hand, only the Adoubement gave access to him the Chevalerie. At the time, only a knight could be made call “monseigneur” or “lord”, but the qualification of " monseigneur" was reserved thereafter and in the facts with the sovereigns and large feudal, and that of " messire" was even taken by middle-class men.
- the gentleman under the old mode
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