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Duke

 

among ancient Germanic peoples, a duke (Herzog) was the elected military leader of a tribe (Latin dux). In Western Europe during the early medieval period, duke meant a tribal prince; during the period of feudal fragmentation, the title signified a major landholder (in the hierarchy of military vassalage, the duke occupied the second most important place after the king). After feudal fragmentation was overcome, duke was one of the highest titles of nobility.

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At one time during his early life, and before the birth of the 10th Duke, Sir Winston Churchill was heir to the Dukedom.
He vows to avenge his mother's treatment from her family by killing all those who stand between him and the dukedom.
He stole a total of pounds 7,130 from his employers Dukedom.
Jimmy Fortune was stood down for two days for a similar offence after the John Gosden-trained mile maiden winner Royal Oath came across runner-up Dukedom inside the final furlong.
The couple were 'deeply involved' in every aspect of life on the estate becoming, in 1998, the longest-serving holders of the Devonshire Dukedom, having served 17,101 days.
By 1510, however, Alfonso D'Este and his dukedom had fallen under the sway of French-occupied Milan, and this made Ferrarese loyalty a matter of more urgent political concern.
A case of mistaken identity arises when an upper-class English aristocrat dies, leaving a man brought up by an Asian family and his American cousin fighting it out for the dukedom - and true love.
And DUKEDOM, trained by Tom McCourt, has obvious claims in the concluding handicap on the evidence of his close second to subsequent winner Baron DiEl at the Curragh last time.
Antony Sher's sequences are mostly verbal contests of one kind or another (but who needs a knife with words as sharp as these) as he connives to regain his dukedom and his imprisoned wife.
And he said the prosecutors' office was run like a dukedom and did not "conform to the law".
On September 20, 1998, the Duke and Duchess became the longest-serving holders of the Devonshire dukedom, having held the title for 17,101 days.
To Mark Palios: A knighthood, the Dukedom of Soho Square .