View Full Version : Titles... Lords, Ladies, Dukes etc

01-25-2009, 08:34 AM
Can someone explain this to me what one means to the other? Which one is more important etc...

01-25-2009, 08:40 AM
Dukes are on top of the totem pole, you'll notice that certain members of the Royal Family are also Dukes, Duchesses.
They are hereditary and have been around a long time, most of them.
Lords and Ladies can be a mixture of hereditary and the title bestowed by the monarch, these days at the recommendation of the government. They're pretty much ten a penny whereas a Dukedom isn't all that common.

I think that's about right...best thing to do is have a look at Debretts Peerage, it's all in there.

01-25-2009, 08:50 AM
My google-fu is strong


Note, this is ENGLISH peerage, but other European countries are similar. Some differences notably in Spain and I think Norway.

01-25-2009, 04:43 PM
Thanks I will look it up further :)

01-25-2009, 07:11 PM
This is my favorite run-down:


Deb Kinnard
01-27-2009, 06:46 AM
French historical nobility is also not like English. They had counts and viscounts in the middle ages, whereas the English did not.

I believe the medieval hierarchy was: king, duke, earl, baron, knight. There are viscounts and marquesses later on, but not in the 1400s where my knowledge lies.

Jersey Chick
01-27-2009, 07:24 AM
Here's a great link (http://laura.chinet.com/html/titles12.html) - one of the more in depth I've found so far for the British peerage.