Tue 25 Jan, 2005 11:48 am
In the British nobility, when someone is the Duke or Earl of a geographic area, say for argument, Norfolk, does he have any real connection with/authority over/responsibilities to Norfolk, or is it geographically meaningless? I think it meant something under feudalism hundreds of years ago, but does the title have anything real to do with the geographical area today?
no now days the monacky is only there as a show pice if you like
Titles with city or county names, etc, of Dukes etc are just decorative, Britain is a democracy nowadays. Dukes earls etc have no power at all.
The Duke of Gloucester for example might have a family home near the city of Gloucester, but that's as far as it goes.