Are you confused about your Lords & Dukes? Want to know why the Baron is always popping up? Wondering just what is the Duchy of Lancaster and why its so important? Want to know your Earls from your Marchioness’s? Worried about who gets to get to lead the dinner party when an Earl & a Prince pop over?
This minisode covers
The orders & rankings of the nobility & peerage
The role of the Queen
The Prince Consort
Details of the peerage
The baronets & knights
How to get into the peerage
Some notable cock ups
Historical exceptions designed to drive your host round the twist.
[also while I have used a lot of sources for this show, I highly recommend Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century by Mallory James; she’s written a fabulous & highly entertaining book]
Debretts Guide to the Peerage
Steinbech, S “Understanding the Victorians”
McCahill, Michael W. “Peerage Creations and the Changing Character of the British Nobility, 1750-1830.” The English Historical Review, vol. 96, no. 379, 1981, pp. 259–284.
Hanham, H. J. “The Sale of Honours in Late Victorian England.” Victorian Studies, vol. 3, no. 3, 1960, pp. 277–289.
James, Mallory. “Elegant Etiquette in the C19th”
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