The Fellowship of Hope
Random notes/thoughts on etiquette…
-When addressing a noble, it is respectful to address them as “Lord” or “Lady” (or “My Lord”, “his Lordship”, “My Lady”, or "her Ladyship) depending on their sex. This applies to everyone including royalty as well.
-When addressing a King or Queen, it is appropriate to address them as “Your Grace” or “My King (Queen)”. This is also true of princes and princesses. Kings also typically have grand titles that are too wordy to say in common conversation.
-Royals and nobles also may allow family and/or close friends to “drop ranks”, allowing for the use of common or given names. This is almost always at the signal of the highest rank in the conversation. Family members often are allowed to do this without signal.
-The title of “Lord” can also be a way of showing respect to someone of a superior position. For example, at times, a very wealthy person may be addressed as “Lord” even if they are not of noble blood.
-Knights are considered to be somewhere in between the peasantry and nobility. They are given the title of “Ser” or “Lady” depending on their sex.
-Ignoring these forms of etiquette is considered to be quite insulting and can lead to severe consequences. Some nobles have been known to lose favor with commoners and take it out on the people as a whole.
The laws of inheritance is as follows…
-The eldest male child inherits his father’s titles, lands, possessions, and position
-If there is no legitimate male heir, the inheritance typically falls to a married female heir that presents the strongest claim.
-The subject of bastards is where things can get hazy. Many believe that a bastard’s claim is stronger than any woman’s claim, but this belief can vary from region to region and with culture. This has frequently lead to disputes and even wars over the legitimacy of claims in the past.