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An unfortunate effect of this methodological choice is that it sacrifices hierarchy for the analytic concept of class or group. 11 So it is with this study. But I think the sacrifice is necessary if one is to examine social phenomena such as assimilation. Two groups must be identified separately and examined collectively, and in the process traditional nomenclatures are obscured. Finally, why Aix-en-Provence? Some would argue that the very characteristics that attracted me to Aix as the subject for a local study also make it an unreliable example from which to generalize about the larger French nobility.
Jacqueline Carrière, La Population d'Aix-en-Provence à la fin du XVIIe siècle: Etude de démographie historique d'après le registre de capitation de 1695 (Aix, 1958), 1215. 21. ; Aix, 1970), II, 749816, passim. It is important to note that although the figures in this chapter and Appendix I are based on information taken from Coste's work, they are not the same as those listed in Coste's summary tables. Coste includes certain non-noble professionals and officeholders as nobles in table C (p. 712) because they do not fit into his professional schema elsewhere.
3. J. " Emory University Quarterly, XIII (1957), 11224; Major, "The Crown and the Aristocracy in Renaissance France," American Historical Review, LXIX (1964), 63145; Major, "Noble Income, Inflation, and the Wars of Religion in (footnote continued on next page) Page 3 criticized also the traditional interpretation as having been conceived without benefit of detailed local evidencethese traditionalists tended to base their negative assessments of the old nobility and their notions of strife between sword and robe on highly impressionistic literary sources.