Baronetage;

Category: Class | Type: Historical | Title: Persuasion (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 1

Baronets and knights were outside and below the peerage (dukes, archbishops, marquesses, earls, viscounts, and barons who made up the aristocracy, sometimes known as "grandees") and were comparatively numerous, about 900. The peerage at the beginning of the 19th c., including Irish titles, consisted of some 500 males, "Lord___" denotes a peer. The baronets ("Sir") had their own book, Debrett's Baronetage of England. Linking both groups were land, the country manor, incomes from rents on the land, and privilege. Because the right to vote was dependent on taxes (rates) paid, and land was the primary source of taxation, the landed and titled (the House of Lords) controlled Parliament. 

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