British dukedoms

Reply 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?
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Reply Tue 25 Jan, 2005 11:54 am
no now days the monacky is only there as a show pice if you like
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Reply Wed 26 Jan, 2005 02:30 pm
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.
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