Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Lords, Titles and Baronets - Oh My!
For this book, I had to know the differences between the various English titles - Earl, Viscount, Baron, Baronet, etc - and their forms of address (ie. what you'd call someone in public, how you'd refer to them to someone else). The hero of this story is the son of titled gentleman and I needed to know the proper forms of address for him and his father.
In my research, I ran across this awesome post about the different titles used in Downton Abbey and the proper forms of address for each person. It was one of the simpler explanations I came across - because, boy, can this stuff get complicated! The author mentioned how numerous books and movies get these things wrong, but Downton Abbey has done a great job getting it right. Another reason the show is good research!
Speaking of Downton Abbey, not sure how I'm feeling about Season 4. No Matthew or Sybil and now O'Brian isn't coming back either. While she wasn't ever really nice, she did bring good conflict upstairs and down. But I'll still watch it - gotta find out what's going to happen next. :)
What are your predictions for Downton Abbey Season 4? Are you looking forward to it? Have you wrapped your head around all these English titles?
- Stacy Henrie
- I'm a stay-at-home mom to three kids and an author of inspirational historical romance. I love laughing with my family, reading, interior decorating, and chocolate.
Lady Outlaw, published by Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in 2012, is my first novel.
I am represented by Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds, LLC.
No one would ever imagine a fresh-faced young woman could be robbing stage bandits of their ill-gotten fortunes. But Jennie Jones is desperate to save her family's ranch from foreclosure. And the risks seem worth it, until her upright new ranch hand offers a glimpse of how much is really at stake.
Former bounty hunter Caleb Johnson is ready for a new, clean start. With a woman like Jennie, he could build a future there in Utah territory. But only if his gentle faith can guide her in a choice between the land she's fought so hard to save and a future by his side.
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