Aristocracy

Technology / Television (TV) / Aristocracy: In Marxism, the most elite social class--consisting of individuals who do not work, and hold power through inheritance: kings, queens, princes, princesses, and so on. According to Marx's analysis of history, the aristocracy controlled European countries until the bourgeoisie's rise to power in the decades after the Renaissance.

Norman

Entertainment / Literature / Norman: An inhabitant of Normandy, a region along the northern coast of France. The word Norman comes from a cognate for 'northmen,' for the Norman aristocracy of the region originally descended from Danish ( MORE

Rephaim

Entertainment / Literature / Rephaim: The Oxford Companion to the Bible goes into some detail on this term, and I summarize the material from Ackerman's article in this vocabulary entry. Several biblical texts, including Isaiah 26:14 and MORE

Chivalry

Entertainment / Literature / Chivalry: An idealized code of military and social behavior for the aristocracy in the late medieval period. The word 'chivalry' comes from Old French cheval (horse), and chivalry literally means 'horsemanship. MORE

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