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The Great Chain of Being

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mario muratori

on 7 January 2013

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The Great Chain of Being! The Great Chain of Being proposed that every existing thing in the universe has a "place" in a set hierarchical order.

Theoretically, there are only two classes of people:
Nobles
Commoners

In practice, each class has a bunch of little classes imbedded. These classes are thought of as The Great Chain of being. God and the Angels In Catholicism, the Pope is at the same level or even higher than the King. God was the almighty that ruled over everything and the angels were his messengers. God
Angels
Kings/Queens
Archbishops
Dukes/Duchesses
Bishops
Marquises/Marchionesses
Earls/Countesses
Viscounts/Viscountesses
Barons/Baronesses
Abbots/Deacons
Knights/Local Officials
Ladies-in-Waiting
Priests/Monks
Squires
Pages
Messengers
Merchants/Shopkeepers
Tradesmen
Yeomen Farmers
Soldiers/Town Watch
Household Servants
Tennant Farmers
Shephards/Herders
Beggars
Actors
Thieves/Pirates
Gypsies
Animals
Birds
Worms
Plants
Rocks Kings and Queens Kings ruled the countries and nations with their queens by their sides. Archbishops, Dukes & Duchesses, and Bishops Lower ranking religious figures. They are teachers and priests serving a religious leadership function, but they also serve as administrators. Marquises/Marchionesses, Earls/Countesses, Viscounts/Viscountesses, and Barons/Baronesses These are members of nobility that rule in the kings absence. Abbots and Deacons Head of the monasteries. Knights and Local Officials Upheld the law and maintained order in towns and kingdoms. Priests and Monks Spread their religion. Squires Knights assistants. Pages Nobleman's assistant. Messengers Relayed messages. Merchants/Shopkeepers, Tradesmen, Farmers Sold and produced goods that were needed in the towns. Soldiers/Town Watch Lower ranking authoritative figures that uphold the law. Household Servants Someone that would take care of a noble persons house. Beggars, Actors, Thieves, and Gypsies Frowned upon by society. Animals, Birds, Worms, Plants, and Rocks Everything that is less than a human.
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