Aristocracy

So You Think You Want to Be a Nobleman?

Contrary to common belief, it wasn’t easy or painless to be elevated to the peerage. In fact, there were many hidden costs associated with the King and Prime Minister bestowing a title on a man of means or reputation. A journalist in The Lady’s Realm details these costs! The Procedure The King notifies the Secretary …

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Aristocracy

The Peeress in Her Own Right

When I first began reading and writing historical romance, the most pressing topic was the proper usage of British titles. For example, you address a duke as “Your Grace” (or, as seen in Downton Abbey, “Duke” if you are of the same rank), the second, third, and so on sons of earls are the Honourable …

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Money

Edwardian Economics

During the Edwardian era, nearly eighty percent of English land, or 77,635,301 acres, was owned by 320,000 persons. The breakdown of the land owned was thus: One-quarter by 1,200 persons, whose average holdings were 16,200 acres One-quarter by 6,200 persons, whose average holdings were 3,150 acres One-quarter by 50,770 persons, whose average holdings were 380 …

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