Originally Posted by Shikha Pal
What about the catholic & orthodox Nobility and Aristocracy like the Ligne, Cro˙, Galitzine, d'Udekom d'Acoz, Limburg-Stirum families?
All of these famous names have an own Wikipedia page...
originally were lords (seigneurs) in service of the Counts of Hainaut. The first mention was a certain Thierry de Ligne (1125). From generation on generation they served the Dukes of Burgundy. In 1544 Emperor Charles V elevated the seigneurs De Ligne into comital rank. Since then they are known as Comtes de Ligne et du Saint-Empire.
have a similar background: they were lords (seigneurs) in the service of the Dukes of Burgundy and steadily accumulated titles and fiefdoms.
can not be compared with De Ligne and De Cro˙. The first ennoblement (without title) ook place in the 18th C. In the 19th C the King of the Netherlands (of which Belgium was a part) elevated them to the baronial rank. In the 21st C (in 2000) they were elevated to comital rank.
Van Limburg Stirum
has more prestige than d'Udekem d'Acoz but rank below De Ligne and Cro˙ because of anciennity of their ennoblement and rank.
does not belong in this queue. The four families beforementioned feature in the Low Countries. Golitsyn is one of the grandest princely houses of Russia and is hors categorie
compared with De Ligne, Cro˙, d'Udekem d'Acoz and Van Limburg Stirum.