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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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It is in this heightened atmosphere that Rollo and Otto first meet to discuss the dukedom. The issues of primogeniture and succession clearly underpin their mutual hostility, but each twin espouses a different attitude.
Patinkin's Prospero asked for his dukedom from Antonio with a bowed head, not forcing it.
The exiled duke Prospero, now in charge, releases him magically and engages his services in thwarting Prospero's enemies, cultivating romance for his daughter, Miranda, and regaining his dukedom. After completing these tasks, Ariel is set free.
Convinced at last that Antonio and Alonso have repented of the wrongs they have done him Prospero has them brought to his cell, where he reveals his identity and reclaims his dukedom. At the end of the story he has the satisfaction of releasing Ariel, abandoning his magic, and returning to Milan for the marriage of Miranda and Ferdinand.
Rosalind's father is restored to his dukedom when Duke Frederick is converted by a monk and decides to enter a monastery.
It is not unheard of for a particular title or dukedom to be hidden away and disbarred from use because of the ill repute of those who held it before.
Hands up all those whose granny gifted them a dukedom and 21-room pad in Kensington Palace as wedding presents?
However, the last dukedom was created Queen Victoria and this documentary examines what will happen as they gradually become extinct.
"The fourth marquis supervised the signing of the Act of Union and was given a dukedom for his trouble, the very dukedom I inherited.
In No More Champagne: Churchill And His Money, David Lough details how anxieties over finance coloured his entire life from his time as a high-living student to the very end when he declined the honour of a dukedom on the grounds that he didn't have a great, landed estate to accompany it.
William and Kate have followed convention meticulously in their royal life together so far - a wedding at Westminster Abbey, accepting a dukedom and a son called George - so it is likely they will once again pick a regal name for their second child.
Brussels, Muharram 21, 1436, Nov 14, 2014, SPA -- Abdulrahman bin Sulaiman Al-Ahmed, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Kingdom of Belgium and Dukedom of Luxemburg and Chief of mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the European Union, presented his credentials as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Kingdom to Luxemburg to Prince Henry the Great of Luxemburg.