For members of the Noblesse d'épée and Noblesse de Robe the title of Baron offered an opportunity for the younger members of a large family to adopt a courtesy title, especially since these younger nobles often would not stand to inherit any title at all. Louis XIV eyed an opportunity to add to his treasury by creating a large number of baronies and then putting them up for sale. Since there were suddenly a lot more baronies to be had it became a lot cheaper to buy a Baron-title. While the old families frowned the addition of "new" nobles were a gift sent from heaven for the gene-pool. As with the other ranks of nobility it was common that a Baron married another Baron's daughter.
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