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October 9, 2005-
Added a page with the Edward VI doc in webpage format for those who do not wish to download/save the doc below.
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From the Compendium of Common Knowledge...
Sir goes only with a given name. To address a knight using only his surname, say "master"
Lord implies peerage (baron or better). Not every knight is a lord; not every lord is a knight. It is best not to say "My Lord" to anyone not so entitled.
A Territorial Title is one which is attached to a particular piece of land, such as a county. Peers sign their names and refer to themselves and each other by thier territorial titles, such as "Henry Southampton", "Francis Bedford" or Thomas Rutland."
Every woman married to a knight or better can be called my lady.
The children of a knight, baron or viscount have no titles at all. All the sons of a marquis or a duke are styled lord.
Only the eldest son of an earl is called lord, but all of his daughters are called lady. They retain this courtesy even if they marry commoners.
Your Grace belongs properly only to royal blood: the queen, dukes and visiting princes. It does not apply to Earls or Countesses in the 16th century.
If you are not noble, you may wish to address those above you as Your Worship, Your Honour, or Your Lordship/Ladyship.
Children are taught to address their parents as Sir and Madam, or my lord and my lady. A noble child refers to my lady mother and the lord my father.
Sir John Packington can be called:
Captain Sir Walter Raleigh can be called:
Sir Thomas Jermyn's wife Catherine can be called:
Titles n such
The ordinary ranking of the English Court, disregarding various offices, parents, patents, or orders of knighthood is as follows:
Royalty refers only to the monarch and his/her immediate family.
refers to peers and their families.
Royalty refers only to the monarch and his/her immediate family
Nobility refers to peers and their families
The ppers are barons and above, and sit by right in the House of Lords.
Gentry refers to anyone gentle but untitled, usually descended from nobility.
Knights are not noble. They are knightly. Knights are knightly. Knights and peers' sons may sit, by election or appointment, in the House of Commons.
An ordinary, undifferentiated knight is a Knight Bachelor.
Knight Banneret is an honour conferred on a man who distinguished himself on the battlefield in front of his monarch. It is a battlefield promotion which permits him to cut the tails off his pennon (making it a banner) and permits/requires him to lead a company of his own men under it. In Elizabeth's reign, there are only three, including Sir Ralph Sadler.
Knights of the Garter outrank all the other knights.
Note: The rank of Baronet (an hereditary knighthood) does not exist until James I invents it as a money making scheme.
In 1558, there were no more than about 600 knights in the country.
Minors and women holding rank in their own right may not sit in the House of Lords. Minors must wait till they are old enough. A woman may send her eldest son "in her right," when he comes of age.
Certain ecclesiastical titles are also ranked with the peers.
Bishops have a rank equal to that of an Earl. Archbishops rank with the Dukes, and are addressed as Your Grace.
The Queen has little use for Churchmen, however, and seldom invites them 'round to dine.
Forms of Address for Non-Nobles
Language: Idiomatic Idiosyncrasies
This is not grammar you are taught in school, but simply the ordinary way people talk. Your excuse for incorrect usage cannot be that you were poorly educated.
Antique language isn't necessarily "big words" or curious sentence structure. Try these. (Note that "an" means "if".)
Instead Of... Say...
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