Hidalgo (Spanish Nobility)

Hidalgo (Spanish Nobility)

A hidalgo or fidalgo (, ) is a member of the Spanish and Portuguese nobility. In popular usage it has come to mean the non-titled nobility. Hidalgos were exempt from paying taxes, but did not necessarily own real property. The feminine is hidalga in Spanish and fidalga in Portuguese and Galician.

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Hidalgo (Spanish Nobility) - Literature
... In literature the hidalgois usually portrayed as a noble who has lost nearly all of his family'swealth but still held on to the privileges and honours of the nobility ... The prototypical fictional hidalgois Don Quixote,who was given the sobriquet the Ingenious Hidalgo by his creator,Miguel de Cervantes ... novel Cervantes has Don Quixote satirically present himself as an hidalgode sangre and aspire to live the life of a knight-errant despite the fact that his economic position does not allow him to truly do so ...