Explain the dominance of landed aristocracy in Europe


Socially and politically, a landed aristocracy was the dominant class in the continent. The members of this class were united by a common way of life that cut across regional divisions. They owned estates in the countryside and also town-houses. They spoke French for purposes of diplomacy and in high society. Their families were often connected by t,ies of marriage. This powerful aristocracy was, however, numerically a small group.