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Arkuth - Precedence for Human Kingdoms

Precedence For Human Kingdoms

In every great campaign world there needs to be an order of precedence for a proper foundation in medieval societies. Men and women alike need leaders and they require some sort of sytem to distinguish who is superior in not only rank, but in title. The following tables of precedence are based loosely from european medieval times, yet have been modified to fit the world of Arkuth for a more suitable social structure.


General Precedence For Men

Rank Title Description Hereditary
1

The King

Monarch, High Ruler Yes
2

The Grand Prince

King's eldest son (heir to the throne) Yes
2.b Grand Duke King's own male bloodline, that's in charge of a grand duchy Yes
3

Princes of the Royal Bloodline

All other son's of the king Yes
4

King's Brothers

The King's older and younger male siblings Yes
5

King's Uncles

The Kings father's brothers Yes
6

King's Grandsons

The King's sons, sons Yes
7

King's Brother's or Sister's Sons

n/a Yes
8*

Arch Priest

Head of the Clergy No
9

Lord High Constable

Commander of the King's Army No
10

Lord High Marshal

Highest Field Marshal in the King's Army No
11

Lord Steward

Chief counsellor for the King No
12

Lord Chamberlain

King's spokesman in Court No
13

Dukes, according to their Seniority

The highest-ranking peers of the king Possibly
14

Marquesses, according to their Seniority

A noblemen of hereditary rank Possibly
15

Dukes' eldest Sons

n/a Yes
17

Earls' / Counts, according to their Seniority

A member of nobility Possibly
18

Marquesses' eldest Sons

n/a Yes
20

Dukes' younger Sons

n/a Yes
21

Viscounts, according to their Seniority

A member of nobility Possibly
22

Earls' / Counts' Eldest Sons

n/a Yes
23

Marquesses' younger Sons

n/a Yes
24*

High Priests according to their Seniority of Consecration

Clergy No
25

Barons, according to their Seniority

A member of nobility Possibly
26

Viscounts' Eldest Sons

n/a Yes
27

Earls' / Counts' younger Sons

n/a Yes
28

Barons' Eldest Sons

n/a Possibly
29

Counsellors

An appointed person in charge of foreign affairs No
30

Chancellors

An appointed person in charge of local laws No
31

Judges according to Seniority

A person who presides over court proceedings No
32

Bannerets (ie Knight Bannerets)

Head / Lead Knight No
33

Viscounts' younger Sons

n/a Yes
34

Barons' younger Sons

n/a Yes
35

Baronets

The holder of a hereditary baronetcy given by King Possibly
36

Knights

A person granted an honorary title of knighthood by a King or Queen No
37

Eldest Sons of the younger Sons of hereditary title

n/a Yes
38

Baronets' Eldest Sons

n/a Yes
39

Knights' Eldest Sons

n/a No
40

Baronets' younger Sons

n/a Yes

NOTES:

Peerage; A peer in Arkuth is one who holds one or more titles of nobility and the estate(s) bestowed upon him or his direct ancestor by the King/Queen. Although other members of his family might be addressed by "Lord" or "Lady", none of them are peers; their titles are all courtesy titles, including his wife's (although she is usually called a "peeress").  A duke or duchess is addressed as "Your Grace" by social inferiors, and as "Duke" or "Duchess" by social equals. (A "social equal" in Arkuth is anyone who also attains a peerage title).  All other peers and peeresses are called by "Lord" or "Lady" prefixed to the title, for example, Lord Guthrom or Lady Julheim. 

Life Peer; In Arkuth, life peers are appointed members of the peerage, whose titles cannot be inherited, in contrast to hereditary peers who's titles are always passed down the the next successor in the bloodline.

Bannerets; are made by the King or Queen themselves in person under the royal standard displayed in a time of war, for the term of their lives, and no longer.

*Members of the clergy


General Precedence For Woman
 

Rank
Title Description Hereditary
1
The Queen
Monarch, High Ruler, 2nd only to the King Yes
2

Grand Princesses

King's eldest daughters (heir to the throne if no son) Yes
2.b
Grand Duchess
King's own female bloodline, that's in charge of a grand duchy Yes
3
Princesses of the Royal Bloodline
King's other daughters Yes
4

Princesses and Duchesses

Wives of the King's Sons No
5

Wives of the King's Brothers, Wives of the King's Uncles

n/a No
6
Wives of the eldest Sons of Dukes of the Royal Bloodline
n/a No
7

Daughters of Dukes of the Royal Bloodline

n/a Yes
8

Wives of the King's Brothers' or Sisters' Sons

n/a No
9

Duchesses

The highest-ranking female peers of the king Possibly
10

Marchionesses

A noblewoman of hereditary rank Possibly
11

Wives of the eldest Sons of Dukes

n/a No
12

Daughters of Dukes

n/a Yes
13

Countesses

A member of nobility Possibly
14

Wives of the eldest Sons of Marquesses

n/a No
15

Daughters of Marquesses

n/a Yes
16

Wives of the youngest Sons of Dukes

n/a No
17

Viscountesses

A member of nobility Possibly
18

Wives of the eldest Sons of Earls / Counts

n/a No
19

Daughters of Earls / Counts

n/a Yes
20

Wives of the younger Sons of Marquesses

n/a No
21

Baronesses

A member of nobility Yes
22

Wives of the eldest Sons of Viscounts

n/a No
23

Daughters of Viscounts

n/a Yes
24

Wives of the younger Sons of Earls / Counts

n/a No
25

Wives of the eldest Sons of Barons

n/a No
26

Daughters of Barons

n/a Yes
27

Wives of the younger Sons of Viscounts

n/a No
28

Wives of the younger Sons of Barons

n/a No
29

Wives of Baronets

n/a No
30

Wives of Bannerets of any Kind

n/a No
31

Wives of the Eldest Sons of the younger Sons of Peers

n/a No
32

Wives of the Eldest Sons of Baronets

n/a No
33

Daughters of Baronets

n/a No
34

Wives of the Eldest Sons of Bannerets

n/a No
35

Daughters of Bannarets

n/a No
36

Wives of the Eldest Sons of Knights

n/a No
37

Wives of the younger Sons of Baronets

n/a No
38

Daughters of Knights

n/a No
39

Wives of the younger Sons of Bannerets

n/a No
40

Wives of Clergymen, Barristers at Law, Officers in the King's Army

n/a No

An Earl's wife is a Countesses as there is no co-opposite to an Earl in the english language.

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