As much as the sun is paired with the earth, so is nobility an integral part of monarchy. At times untouchable in its virtue, but at time perfidious and shameful, organizing a new nobility for the sake of maintaining the new monarchy and the new state is a vital issue that must be discussed.
There have been several ways that nobility has been chosen through the years and in the various monarchies that have graced our lands, each with their own merits, and just like the monarchy, itself, it is not the method by which they are chosen, but encouraging that which is moral and rejecting that which leads to evil that must be considered.
The Roman monarchs did not ‘choose’ the nobility. Except for the rarest of cases, it was the members of the families who had first shed blood to found Rome, or showed their virtue through other means. The first 100 senators appointed by Romulus became the fathers of the nation ‘patres’ and their descendants became patricians.
In Europe, various different ways could lead to nobility. Through the earliest fighters by a king’s side to a great genius or loyalty. Some positions were bought, favours may have been traded, and in a truly despicable manner, they can even be chosen by elected bodies.
Of course, our concerns should not be entirely with how the nobility is chosen, but how to make sure that they remain the shining beacons of virtue, worthy of their positions, and how to punish those who stray from their duties.
The monarch must be in full control of whom is given such titles, grants of land, and responsibilities, because nobility is, first and foremost, a responsibility. Though the later generations in the Age of Monarchy became gluttons, sexual deviants, and despicable traitors, such as the French Court under Louis XVI, the traitors of the English Civil War, and the Fronde, for which the idea of nobility has been tarnished in the minds of men, nobility is meant to serve as an example. Their lands and their people are meant to be under their guardianship
How do we encourage such behaviour in a new nobility, then? The manner in which they are granted such favour must be wholly moral and ethical. One who is willing to lay down his life for the king or the monarchy itself, one who uses the gifts of his intelligence to better the state and the living conditions of the people, one whose moral character remains as a model for others, these are the ones who should be given respect and duty as nobility.
The idea of inheritance, not of wealth, but of manners, ideals, and virtue is how to ensure that nobility keeps its place and remains such that the people view them with respect and as models of behaviours, not as something to be loathed. The power granted to the monarch to loose and bind nobility to the court must also be exercised with absolute authority and without hesitation. A stain on the nobility is a stain on the monarch, the court, the state, and the very institution of monarchy itself. It is a treason of the lowest form to cause such harm to so many. The nobles who dared to raise their swords directly against their king in the past are no different than the nobles who, through their actions, threaten the state, the king, and the institution.
Far more than the people, the nobles must be bound to their land and their country. A citizen may have patriotism or nationalism in his private duties to the country, but the noble must bear the same weight and also carry with him the responsibility of ensuring his people and lands are well taken care of. They are directly responsible for all they survey, and must keep themselves pure to do so.