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By Riitta Jallinoja

This ebook takes a unique method of family members, exploring intimately how prestige is inherited and maintained inside households; the method of upward social mobility; and the way the roots of social decline commence inside of households. the writer additionally examines how rigidly prestige equivalence determines collection of wife. particularly wide in its assurance, the booklet levels from the 17th century to the current day, throughout a wide variety of ecu nations and a part of the us, and throughout numerous category teams, together with royalty, the Aristocracy and entrepreneurial dynasties, in addition to households of pros, artists and people in decrease ranks. The booklet additionally discusses the viability of the principal sociological suggestions of sophistication and standing. The booklet might be of curiosity to students and scholars within the components of relations sociology, background, social equality and inequality and sophistication and elitism research.

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Prestige drew its potency from the merger of family with state governance, making the choice of spouse a recurrence of political power, in the same way as royal palaces were at the time. There was one further powerful actor that had the right to pervade the royal marriage market: this was the Church, which had the capacity to force the royal couple to confess its faith. The Church’s Intervention The Church’s requirement that royal couples were to confess their faith goes some way towards explaining the discrepancies between the political standings of monarchies and their sovereigns’ successes in the royal marriage market.

1, unrivalled at the top of the table were Spain and France with their very royalist stand on the marriages of their monarchs, whereas Russia, Prussia and Denmark occupied the lowest rankings with very low proportions of royal-to-royal marriages. England, Austria and Sweden came in between, with equal proportions of royal and princely marriages. Let us take Spain and France, the two most royalist monarchies in the royal marriage market, under closer scrutiny to see, first, whether the high proportion of monarchs’ royal-to-royal marriages coincided with their realms’ dominant standing in the European political community, an assumption that stems from the idea of equivalence between real power and its performances.

1481–95) to the childless Sebastian I (r. 1557–78) resulted in high infant mortality and ultimately in the extinction of the dynasty. No less than 60 per cent of royal offspring died before the age of 20, most of them in early infancy. King John II of Portugal and his Spanish consort Catherine suffered the most unfortunate fate of all: every one of their nine children died prematurely. This line included several marriages between double first cousins. In the Spanish royal line from Charles I (r.

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