A group of people, united by a social tradition, is an essential part of a strong social structure. One of such historically developed social groups was the Curonian kings.
The first document where Curonian kings had been mentioned is from 1320. Curonian kings were the natives of Courland living in seven free villages.
Curonian kings cultivated land by themselves or with the help of their farm-hands, and the land was inherited by their sons.
Even in difficult times Curonian kings managed to retain their personal freedom and independence: granted hunting rights, fishing rights, bee-keeping rights and right to have a mill, and specifically the right to have a coat of arms and exemption from taxes made the Curonian kings actually equal to the knights.