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    On page 7 of "Ruins of Empire" the subject of Anuirean titles are discussed. The rest of the book, and BR novels, ignore the sentence which states "Princes owed fealty to the Emperor, (arch)Dukes to a prince..."

    Has anyone attempted to incorporate the 'Princes of Anuire' into their game? Or is this sentence so out of sync with all other published material that it's better off being ignored?

    Also curious, in BR barons are of higher rank than counts. Any historical precedence for this? I thought it was the other way around.
    Crossfell

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    On Thu, 28 Nov 2002, Crossfell wrote:
    > On page 7 of "Ruins of Empire" the subject of Anuirean titles are
    > discussed. The rest of the book, and BR novels, ignore the sentence
    > which states "Princes owed fealty to the Emperor, (arch)Dukes to a
    > prince..."
    >
    > Has anyone attempted to incorporate the `Princes of Anuire` into
    > their game? Or is this sentence so out of sync with all other
    > published material that it`s better off being ignored?

    Heh.

    > Also curious, in BR barons are of higher rank than counts. Any
    > historical precedence for this? I thought it was the other way
    > around.

    A quick look found ranks in late medieval/ early renaissance England in
    the order of: Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, Baron. These were the
    hereditary ranks I think, there were lower nonhereditary ones.

    Continental ranks used Count instead of Earl, but were otherwise similar.
    Baron is much lower than Count. I guess the equivalent to BR `Baron`
    would be Marquess.

    The only historical Archduke seems to have been in Austria after the
    dissolving of the Holy Roman Empire- the last Habsburg Emperor elevated
    his lands to this title as he abdicated. Nobody else used it that I know
    of.
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    On Thu, 28 Nov 2002, daniel mcsorley wrote:

    > The only historical Archduke seems to have been in Austria after the
    > dissolving of the Holy Roman Empire- the last Habsburg Emperor
    > elevated his lands to this title as he abdicated. Nobody else used it
    > that I know of.

    After the medieval period, Grand Duke is the standard English translation
    of the title given to younger children of the Russian imperial family; it
    also appears in the title of several Victorian-era operettas set in
    tiny fictitous states in Germany. The title may be much older, but I
    don`t know offhand.


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    'Heh' indeed Dan. C'mon, you can do better than that! :P

    While I was primarily interested in the 'Princes of Cerilia' I'm now digging into an outdated Britannica for the other titles. Apparently the first 'Grand Duchy' of western Europe was that of Tuscany, accorded by Pope Pius V in 1569. In latter years Hesse-Darmstadt and Baden, Saxe-Weimar, Mecklenburg, Luxembourg and Oldenburg were also created. Most are German (save Luxembourg), not sure about Odenburg.

    Apparently Grand Duke translates into 'Grand Prince' in Russian. Eventually this term became reserved for the Tsar's descendents.

    Britannica lists 'Herzog' as a German equivilant of 'Duke'. I had thought that herzog was equivilant to 'baron' as ritter was to 'knight'. Appreciate any corrections on this.

    While I'm failing miserably to document it I had thought that Arch/Grand Duke in English terms designated a Duke either superior to other dukes or who had a very close tie to the royal bloodline.

    But to return to the original article what do you think of the 'Princes of Anuire'? Waste of time or interesting objective in pursuit of the Iron Throne?

    Cheers,

    Steve
    Crossfell

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    The more common über-duke was a grand duke. There are at least three of
    those.

    Kenneth Gauck
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    From: "Crossfell" <brnetboard@TUARHIEVEL.ORG>

    > Also curious, in BR barons are of higher rank than counts. Any historical
    precedence
    > for this? I thought it was the other way around.
    >

    Baron is a much older title than Count. And ancient titles have always had a
    high prestige. When refeering to the peerage of france, the term "the
    barons", "royal barons" and so on was often uses, so baron is a general term
    that can apply to any blooded noble. In this way, "baron" is a grand title.

    But over time, many new barons were created, while older barons were
    elevated to new, somewhat inflated, titles. Thus the many counts, marquises,
    graf, arc-somethings and so on.

    But a family (like the Crècys of France) who had kept their ancient baronial
    title could indeed be considered among the most illustrous families of the
    realm.


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    On Thu, 28 Nov 2002, Crossfell wrote:
    > `Heh` indeed Dan. C`mon, you can do better than that! :P
    >
    > But to return to the original article what do you think of the
    > `Princes of Anuire`? Waste of time or interesting objective in
    > pursuit of the Iron Throne?

    We covered this quite a bit on the other list, so I wasn`t going to add
    anything else. But yes, I think `prince` is a dead-end clue in the world
    of screwed-up BR titles. Pretty much every other source, including the
    Atlas, refers to 12 duchies in Anuire that owed loyalty straight to the
    Emperor. It`s easier to assume that Boeruine and Avanil have
    self-inflated their titles in their pursuit of the throne.
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    In the royal families of Europe, Prince is a title giving to the children of the King or Queen and sometimes to those who are in positions of inheritance of the title of King or queen. Some specific title are given to the direct heir such as "Prince of Brabant" in Belgium or "Prince of Wales" in Great-Britain or the members of the royal families.
    All other titles are for nobles who are not members of the royal family except for the Archduke or Grand Duke title. If I'm not wrong, in russia, this title were given to the brother of the Emperor russia.

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    Ah - but there are principalities (ruled by princes), and dukes are
    generally closely related to the crown in modern times - though they dod not
    need to be in early medieval times.

    Heraldry is simply not a very exact and unified science - each country has
    it`s own rules and breaks those rules regularily. The BR system is odd, but
    not wrongs, since it is based on the particular pecularities of Anuire.

    /Carl


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    > In the royal families of Europe, Prince is a title giving to the children
    of the King or Queen and sometimes to those who are in positions of
    inheritance of the title of King or queen. Some specific title are given to
    the direct heir such as "Prince of Brabant" in Belgium or "Prince of
    Wales" in Great-Britain or the members of the royal families.
    > All other titles are for nobles who are not members of the royal family
    except for the Archduke or Grand Duke title. If I`m not wrong, in russia,
    this title were given to the brother of the Emperor russia.
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    You are right. And it must be done like this. Each MD have his personnal vision of one thing or another, but sometimes it's good to know how it was to have some ideas to know how you want it will be for you in your particular campaign or world.

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