Welcome to Dershingham Vale! We are a no word count, post-Pride and Prejudice roleplay site that is set in the year 1827 in an isolated town located in England. Our plot is centered around the secrets, mysteries, and murders of the dark town and its inhabitants.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to pop into our chat box or drop a message into our guest-friendly 'Questions, Comments, & Suggestions' forum.
09.06 Newsletter .004 is up! Check out all the town gossip and news!
09.02 Announcement .003 has been posted. Make sure you read as there are really important updates in this one!
09.01 New skin is up! Site is in the process of being updated completely! Keep an eye out for any pm's from JB and stay tuned for more updates!
08.26 Site is under construction.
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Posted on: Oct 8 2016, 06:14 PM
Below you will find a helpful guide to the member groups available here on Dershingham Vale. If you have any questions, please just pm a staff member and they'll gladly help you out.
In the feudal system, the nobility were generally those who held a fief, often land or office, under vassalage, i.e., in exchange for allegiance and various, mainly military, services to a suzerain, who might be a monarch or a higher-ranking nobleman. It rapidly came to be seen as a hereditary caste, sometimes associated with a right to bear a hereditary title and, for example in pre-revolutionary France, enjoying fiscal and other privileges.
Nobility is often seen as being directly below royalty in ranking. Some of their titles include: Duke, Duchess, Earl, Countess, Baron, and Baroness.
Gentry denotes "well-born and well-bred people" of high social class. Gentry, in its widest connotation, refers to people of good social position connected to landed estates, upper levels of the clergy, and "gentle" families of long descent who never obtained the official right to bear a coat of arms.
In England, the term often refers to the social class of the landed aristocracy or to the minor aristocracy whose income derives from their large landholdings.
Titles may include: Lord, Lady, Gentleman.
Yeoman refers chiefly to a free man owning his own farm. Work requiring a great deal of effort or labour, such as would be done by a yeoman farmer, came to be described as yeoman's work. Thus yeoman became associated with hard toil.
Yeoman was also a rank or position in a noble household, with titles such as Yeoman of the Chamber, Yeoman of the Crown, Yeoman Usher, and King's Yeoman. Most of these, including the Yeomen of the Guard, had the duty of protecting the sovereign and other dignitaries as a bodyguard, and carrying out various duties for the sovereign as assigned to his office.
A peasant is a member of a traditional class of farmers, either laborers or owners of small farms, especially in the Middle Ages under feudalism, or more generally, in any pre-industrial society. In Europe, peasants were divided into three classes according to their personal status: slave, serf, and freeman. Peasants either hold title to land in fee simple, or hold land by any of several forms of land tenure, among them socage, quit-rent, leasehold, and copyhold