An aspiring historical novelist interacting with the past, wrangling with the present, and hoping for the future.
I've always really liked "your Grace" as a title even though I've never yet been tempted to write a duke hero. Isn't there also a rule where you can call a Duke "Sir"? I seem to remember the Duke of Avon's son calling him "Sir" in Devil's Cub.
Yes, I think you're right, especially in cases where you'd use "sir" in general as a title of respect--son to father, subordinate addressing a senior military officer, etc.
The only two English dukedoms I can think of that were bestowed for merit alone (as distinct from royal connection or great wealth) were those of Marlborough and Wellington. Peter G. Shilston
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