Owing to these rules, hypergamy, the marriage of a

of lesser status to a man of superior status was not uncommon in the old regime.

, leaving her money to religious institutions and charities.

At a tender age he had become a chauffeur to a

and was in charge of a fleet of limousines, Mercedes Benz cars and Alfa Romeos.

The painting, created between 1500 and 1525, features a

in a bejeweled collar, also wearing a first knuckle ring.

By the time she married Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1889, she was a

in her own right who carried an important French title as the dowager duchess of Richelieu.

professing to shoulder the burdens of the poor.

Potter eventually went on to publish 23 childrens books, and became a

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