IMPACT ON THE TRADITIONAL NOBLE OR ARISTOCRATIC CLASS 3
The aristocratic class or the nobles were a class of people who werebelieved to be rich, wealthy, wise, and were mostly regarded as thebest. This class comprised of people such as army leaders who wonbattles, as well as the wealthy political leaders (James, 2013). Itapparent to point out that the aristocrats were said to have acquiredtheir titles, not through merit, but by simply being born from richfamilies. The rise of the cities, new agriculture, trade and a moneyeconomy had tremendous impacts on the noble class. The inhabitants ofthe rising towns refused to be treated as serfs by the noble class,but fought for their own autonomy. It is argued that some of thetowns at the time were able to form their own governments. It isevident that people had gained power to revolt against the nobleclass.
The development of trade and a money economy enabled the people torevolt against the aristocrats. This was imminent in the Frenchrevolution where the people argued that the aristocrats gain powerthrough being born in rich families, rather than through merit(Krummel, 2008). The rise of the new agriculture enabled many peasantpeople to own small pieces of lands. Due to the little gain of wealthby the peasant people, aristocracy was weakened.
The rise of a money driven economy led to the development ofcapitalism that is imminent today. The money economy was as a resultof the trade that was going on in the medieval times in thedeveloping towns. This gave wealth to the people who continued torevolt against the aristocrats. The aristocrats were considered aspeople who ruled through force rather than democracy (Krummel, 2008).As a consequence, the development of trade, money economy, newagriculture and some cities gave people the power and the zeal torevolt and weaken the noble class.
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Krummel, V. (2008). The old upper class – Britain`s aristocracy.München: GRIN Verlag.