2002

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1551  Monday, 24 June 2002

From:           Larry Barkley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 21 Jun 2002 16:17:59 -0700
Subject:        Duke as Count

Dear Colleagues:

In TN, Duke Orsino is continually referred to as Count/County Orsino by
any number of characters in the play.  British peerage/royal hierarchy,
as I learned it, ran King, Prince, Duke, Marquis, Earl (Count),
Viscount, Baron.  As a Duke and an Earl/Count are clearly two different
estates, why are the titles seemingly interchangeable?  What am I
missing?

Larry

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