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posted 04-24-2004 02:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for raquelly     Edit/Delete Message
What would the occupation of a nobleman's second son be-other than Knight? The oldest son would get the title, lands, castle, etc. What did a second son do? Live with his brother and help him run the castle? Would the father have left the second son anything in the will? What options would a second son have for earning money?

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posted 04-26-2004 04:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
There are many options. In wealthier families (at least in central europe), it was not uncommon to divide the goods, castles and rights between two sons. Even the title. Already the merovingian (5th-8th century) and carolingian kings (8th-10th century) divided their kingdoms to give a crown to every son.

Another, very common option for a second son was to become a monk or a priest, and - if he was from a mighty family - abbot or bishop. These positions provided some of those second sons with much more power and wealth as their first born brothers...

A third option was to try your luck in foreign lands. The crusades were such a possibility.

A fourth option was to marry the dauther of a nobleman without any sons, to earn his goods, rights, titles and castles.

posted 05-13-2004 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
There was a fifth option... Becoming the fist son!(I'm just mean, hi-hi)

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