Do you know who the Duke of Earl is?
July 6, 2010 9:43 PM Subscribe
How much awareness do modern UK citizens have of the peerage?
posted by jacquilynne to Law & Government (25 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been reading a bit lately on the Peerage system in the UK, and am interested in knowing how aware you are of it. For example, I'm constantly having to refer to Wikipedia to remind myself what order of precedence everything fits in for basic questions like 'are marquesses more important than earls?' Is that the sort of thing that's taught in school there? In what grade? If it's not taught, is it the sort of thing most people know anyway by cultural osmosis, or are UKians just as likely as anyone else to have to look up what the hell a Viscount is?
Are you generally aware of who holds what titles now? Down to what level of the peerage? I can't imagine anyone is generally aware of every last baron, but are people generally aware (not necessarily in a 'can list them all off the top of your head' way, but more in a '"oh yeah, that guy" if they are referred to' way) of, say, who all the Earls or Marquesses are? Or who the Earls for the immediate area around their hometown are?
Do the significant happenings of these people get general sort of news coverage? Down to what level in the peerage might that happen? Or is it really only the immediate Royals, unless you happen to be really into the whole thing and follow specific Peerage gossip media. Is there specific peerage gossip media?
Does it make a difference if they are active in the House of Lords? Does it get similar political coverage to the House of Commons? Or is it more like the Canadian Senate where they do whatever it is they do and no one cares, because it has no actual effect on anything?
(I don't need you to actually explain the peerage to me; I want to know if you understand it, but I'll take your word for it. I can get all the actual explanations from wikipedia and other sources.)