This article belongs to the lore of Astyria.

Peerage of Great Nortend

The Peerage of Great Nortend, also known as the Peerage of Erbonia, comprises all of the peerages created in the Kingdom of Nortend, Cardoby and Hambria, and its predecessors, the Kingdom of Nortend and Cardoby, and the Kingdom of Hambia. Peerages are the personal gift of the Sovereign, presently Alexander II, from time to time, and are hereditary.

Tenure

All peers are required to be barons, in that they are required to hold a fief from the Sovereign as tenant-in-chief per baroniam, sive grand serjeanty. The baronies which they are the feudal lord of are usually collections of manors, or parishes; however, it can be as small as a square acre of land. The historical basis for the counties, marches and duchies that make up the principle sub-units of the civil provinces of Erbonia is the system of feudal tenure of lords. For example, a county is an area of land which is administered by an earl, whilst a duchy an area of land administered by a duke.

Today, this system still applies, except that through the proliferation of peerages, many historically larger baronies have been either broken down into smaller ones or dotted with scattered singular baronies of only one or two manors for many newly created peers. When ennobling persons not already holding land per baroniam or by grand serjeanty, such as those holding from the Crown merely by knight-service or wardage, or from a mesne lord, either one or more manors, or parts thereof, of the King's demesne is subenfeoffed to the prospective peer or a the existing tenure converted to a barony. For example, when Robert Flanch, Lord of the Manor of Wesleigh, was by King George III, created Baron of Wesleigh, his existing estate in Wesleigh, being held directly from the Crown per scutage, was converted into lands tenere per baroniam. It is impossible for the Crown to convert lands held from a mesne lord into an estate per baroniam; in such cases, the tenant must petition all of his superior lords for a licence of alienation and substitution, to convert his lands into a freehold directly of the Crown.

Ranks

The ranks of the peerage are duke, margrave, earl, baron and to an extent, knight banneret and viscount. Royal titles such as queen, princess or prince are not peerages, although the holders thereof may also hold peerages.

All male members of the peerage, that is, all male peers, have the automatic right to sit in the House of Lords as Lords Temporal, unless they are accorded the rank of Lord Spiritual as a prelate. Female peeresses holding a peerage in their own right are not permitted to sit in the House of Lords, and must nominate a male to sit in lieu.

Dukes

A duke holds a dukedom as tenant-in-chief. There are twenty seven dukes in Great Nortend, with four in Cardoby, sixteen in Nortend and seven in Hambria. Dukedoms outside of Cardoby typically cover large towns and cities, and in such cases, he is usually ex officio the Lieutenant of the Borough. A duke's wife is titled as a duchess, exepting the wife of the Duke of Morney who is titled Duchesse.

A duke is directly addressed "Your Grace" and then "Sire", and referred to as "The Most Noble" and "His Grace". His formal title is "The Most High, Most Potent and Most Noble Prince". Royal Dukes hold have a formal style of "The Most High, Most Mighty and Most Illustrious Prince" whilst Royal Duchesses have the style of "The Most High, Most Gracious and Most Excellent Princess".

Title Incumbent Location Additional titles
Duke of Faunslaughter The Prince Arthur
1st Duke
Fawnshire Marquess of Suddenly and Baron of Hailsfield
Duke of Dunricia The Prince Edmund
1st Duke
Part of Barminstershire and Walecestershire Earl of Normanstone
Duke of Maindy Peter Normham
7th Duke
Southannering
Duke of Mast Philip Henry de Anthord
4th Duke
Merst
Duke of Limmes Andrew Alton-Hault
8th Duke
Larkshire Earl of Wodehampton and Lord High Treasurer
Duke of Bokewell Richard Fitzandrew-Bernards
11th Duke
Almeshire
Duke of Derham Charles Edgdon-Harrith,
9th Duke
Dershire Lord High Admiral since 1998.
Duke of Towshire Edward Marriet-Stampe
20th Duke
Towshire Earl of Tow, Viscount of Eulebridge, Viscount of Armouth, Baron of Lesruth.
Duke of Malestam Matthew Endersby
12th Duke
Barminstershire Earl of Fegham
Duke of Alvington Christopher Leavil
9th Duke
Haxoshire
Duke of Metthews Reginald Gilbert-Smith
1st Duke
Almeshire Earl of Metthews, Baron of Sandmore
Duke of Essingford John Oliver de Hameford
13rd Duke
Essingfordshire
Duke of Lowesk Geoffrey Banville
14th Duke
Norsax
Duke of Walecester Henry de Hudden-Chevalier
9th Duke
Walecestershire
Duke of Sulhampton and Caune Stephen Mostanvey
13th Duke
Enley and Esxshire
Duchess of Polton Elisabeth Winage-Dudforth
22nd Duchess
Poltland
Duke of Bailmorden John Mavison
13th Duke
Barard
Duke of Morney The Prince of Gervis Minnerland Heir apparent to the throne
Duke of Harringow The Prince James
2nd Duke
Toleshire Marquess of Yarsough, Earl of Lostwin, Earl of Frogmarsh, Baron of Arningforth
Duke of Hoole Bennet Fitzandolph
14th Duke
Bissex
Duke of Marcaster Austin Palmeran
16th Duke
Marcastershire
Duke of Fivewells Spencer Cardwell-Adsworth
17th Duke
Eastlord
Duke of Rockleham William Edot-Buckley
15th Duke
Rocklehamshire
Duke of Saithsey Christopher de Anthord-Wallan
6th Duke
Cardenbridge
Duke of Allells Miles de Widdens
23rd Duke
County Allells
Duke of Mure Arthur St John Walker
18th Duke
Mure
Duke of Cardenbridge Thomas Arnold
11th Duke
Cardenbridge

Margraves

A margrave is the tenant-in-chief of a march, which are certain baronies on the border between Hambria and Nortend. A margrave has responsibility for his march's militia and is the Lieutenant of the March. There are also a Marquess of Sulthey, which is a title held by the Archbishop of Sulthey.

A margrave is addressed "My Lord". He is titled "The Most Honourable" and "His Lordship", with the formal title of "The Most Noble, Most Potent and Most Honourable Prince". A margrave's wife is titled a marchioness. Royal margraves are known as marquesses and rather than marches, are tenants-in-chief of marchdoms. There are currently six extant marches and two marchdoms, held by six margraves and two marquesses, excluding subsidiary titles, which are:

Title Incumbent Location Additional titles
Marquess of Sulthey John Culson
52nd Marquess
Sulthey Archbishop of Sulthey
Margrave of Lasmere Arthur Constable
23rd Margrave
Seffet Lord High Constable and the King's Marischal
Margrave of Shighton David Nevills
14th Margrave
Norsax
Margrave of Bine William Fitzgerald
14th Margrave
Bissex
Margrave of Corfell Frederick Ellice
13th Margrave
Redwickshire
Margrave of Nailbridge George Foster-Hamponford
11th Margrave
Seffet
Margrave of Saint Deans Henry Thortonby
5th Margrave
Cardenbridge
Marquess of Astonstan Edward de Anthord
3rd Marquess
Dershire

Earl

An earl is the tenant-in-chief of an earldom which consists of one or more baronies, typically in the relationship of one barony per hundred. An average county has three or four earls with around two baronies comprising his earldom. A number of earls are tenants-in-chief of certain Royal castles, such as Castle Alsby, whereof the Earl of Alsby is tenant-in-chief.

The major earl in a county is traditionally appointed the Lieutenant of the County, which is a grouping of earldoms, baronies and viscounties. He is addressed "My Lord" and referred to as "The Right Honourable" and "His Lordship". His formal title is "The Right Honourable, Most Noble and Truly Puissant Prince". The wife of an earl is known a countess. There are 98 earls in Great Nortend, not including subsidiary titles. A notable earl is the Earl of Parrum, held by the King of Aswick, William I.

Baron

A baron is the tenant-in-chief of one or more baronies. Whilst many barons are elevated to higher levels of peerage, they are still barons and must continue to hold the title to their lands to remain peers.

For example, the Earl of Hamberwick is also the Viscount of Fourton and the Baron of Fourton, the Baron of Hamberwick, the Baron of Hayington, the Baron of Ludderstow, as the Earldom of Hamberwick, which includes the Barony of Hamberwick (which consists of eighteen parishes or manors) and the Barony of Hayington (which consists of sixteen parishes or manors), was raised to the status of an earldom by letters patent and the Barony of Fourton (which consists of one parish or manor) to the status of a viscounty. He also holds the Barony of Ludderstow (which consists of twenty-one parishes or manors), which has not been raised to a higher status and thus he is simply Baron of Ludderstow. Hence, the Earl of Hamberwick holds a total of 56 parishes or manors.

On the other hand, the Viscount of Mastingbrook is only the Baron of the Barony of Mastingbrook (which consists of one parish or manor), however is also a mesne lord of much of the Earl of Roseham's hundreds. The Baron of the Barony of Pethwaight (which consists of fifteen parishes or manors) is an example of a simple baron, whose barony has not been elevated.

It is the case that many baronies have been elevated into earldoms, marches and dukedoms; however, there still remain a a number of single baronies that are held by barons. Baronies, excluding nominal baronies, usually correlate to a single hundred, and are named for the caput baroniae, which is the major or most important parish therein. These single barony hundreds, though not under the feudal lordship of an earl, are still considered to be part of the county. He is addressed as 'My Lord', and referred to as 'The Very Honoured' and 'His Lordship'. His formal title is 'The Very Honoured and Truly Noble Lord'. There are 102 barons in Great Nortend (not including subsidiary titles), who hold a total of 1530 parishes, with a total of 2142 manors held in tenure per baroniam.

Viscount

Originating in the Latin title, vices comes or vice count, a viscount is theoretically the deputy of an earl. Viscounts generally hold land within a given earldom, often being the mesne lord of one of the earl's baronies. He, however, must also hold land per baroniam in order to be considered a peer. Most viscounts therefore are not technically peers although it is a hereditary title; however a number of baron-viscounts exist. Viscounts, however, rank higher than barons though they may not sit in Parliament.

The High Sheriff of a county or borough, being the King's judicial representative within the county or borough, is appointed from the ranks of viscounts, often for periods of a few years. He is addressed as "Your Worship", and referred to as "The Right Worshipful" and "His Worship", with his formal title being "The Right Worshipful the Viscount of X". The wife of a viscount is titled a viscountess. There are 147 viscounts in Great Nortend, excluding subsidiary titles, making them the most common form of nobility; however, only 23 of them are considered peers, included within the ranks of barons.

Knight banneret

A knighthood banneret, abbreviated 'Bart' and commonly known as a banneretcy, is a hereditary knighthood. A knight banneret is titled 'Sir', and his wife 'Lady', as with all knighthoods. A knight banneret ranks socially above all other knights, except Knights Companion of the Order of Saint Edmund.

Banneretcies are typically granted for service to the Crown or to honour outstanding officers or soldiers. One special case of banneretcies is that awarded to persons elevated from the Commons to serve as a minister of the Crown which is required to be drawn from the House of Lords.

Ordinarily, a knight is not a peer and cannot by virtue thereof sit in the House of Lords. However, as the King is empowered to summon any person to Parliament by a writ of ad parlamentum mandamus, bannerets may be summoned and sit for life in the House of Lords, non-status as a baron notwithstanding. Such a banneret is known as a Lord Banneret. Note that only bannerets may be summoned, per the Carta Erboniæ Libertatum which forbids the summons of knights batchelor, commoners &c. as suitours of the House of Lords.

The former Prime Minister, Sir Benjamin Davies, is one example of a Lord Banneret, being elevated from the House of Knights and made a lord banneret in order to become Lord High Treasurer. The present Lord High Treasurer, Sir Spencer de Stornton, is also a lord banneret.

Banneretcies are also used to create Lords Justices of the Court of Counsellours.