Im doing some reasearch on the wealth of the polish nobility.
In 1748 the total revenue of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth amounted to 8,000,000 zloties. In that same year the Zamoyski family owned 1,000,000 zloties, Count F.S. Potocki possessed 3,000,000 and Michael Radziwill had amassed 5,000,000 zloties. It has been estimated that Michael Radziwill's 5,000,000 zloties was equal to 139,000 pounds sterling. This would make the income of even the richest British aristocrats (Bedfords, Devonshires etc) pale in comparison. In 1767 James Harris (later the Earl of Malmesbury) calculated Radziwill's income at 18,000,000 zloties or 500,000 pnds sterling.
how was it in England and Europe at that time? could you find just as wealthy nobleman there as you could in Poland? (Im not talking about kings now)
In the early 1760s August Czartoryski had a personal court of 375 persons and a private army of 4,000. F.S. Potocki had 2,000 men in his army. Michael Radziwill could lay claim to 10,000 men in 1750 and his son to 5,000 in 1764.
Were the English and european noblemen allowed to have private armies?
If anyone else knows some more numbers and statistic about the polish nobility's wealth, please post them.