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753 B.C. - The City of Rome is founded. The descendants of the first 100 Senators of Rome became the Roman Patricians.

49 B.C. - Gaius Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon. He was proclaimed dictator for life and is considered to be the father of the Roman Empire.

27 B.C. - Caesar Augustus, adopted son of Julius Caesar, becomes the first
Emperor of Rome.

312 A.D. - Roman Emperor Constantine the Great becomes the first Emperor to adopt Christianity. He would usher in the Christian period of the Roman Empire. He also re-introduced the rank and status of Roman Patrician.

476 A.D. - Plagued by invasions and internal problems, the Western Roman Empire ends. The rise of the Vandals, Visigoths, and Franks began.

732 A.D. - Frankish leader Charles "the Hammer" Martel pushed the Islamic armies out of modern-day France.

800 A.D. - Charlemagne (Charles the Great), grandson of Charles Martel, was crowned Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day. He is often considered the Father of Europe.

Middle Ages - As society began to re-group after the break-up of the Roman Empire, the nobility of the Holy Roman Empire becomes organized into confraternities, knightly orders, and noble companies.

1061 A.D. - The Vision of Our Lady of Walsingham occurs in England.

11th Century - Councils in the Free Imperial Cities of the Holy Roman Empire came to include Imperial Knights, administrators, and wealthy merchants. These would later be known as Patricians.

1350 A.D. - The Noble Company of Knights Crossbowmen of Sts. Philip and James is founded in Spain. This is an example of a noble company that is both noble and military in purpose. Not only were its members serving crossbowmen, but they also were made noble of blood by membership in the company if they were not already so.

17th Century - British and European colonies in North America are granted their own feudal nobility. This was particularly common in the British Carolinas, the Spanish territories, and French Canada.

18th Century - The use of the term "Patrician" becomes common in the Holy Roman Empire. The Patricians are generally considered equivalent to the feudal nobility.

1776 - The American War of Independence begins. It would result in the abolishment of the feudal system in America. The patricians of American society, however, remained and provided much of the leadership for the new Republic.

1806 - Napoleon I forced the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. A new Napoleonic nobility was born.

1815 - The Napoleonic Empire fell and Europe was again reorganized.

1914-1918 - The Great War (First World War) results in the fall of the German Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Russian Empire. Many nobles were lost in combat. Government systems over several changed into republics.

Today - Noble companies exist as brotherhoods of nobility in service to humanity.








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