Nobility… Royalty… What is A Duke?

I’ve been tracing my husband’s ancestry and some of the other researchers believe his Churchill line is related to the Duke of Marlborough. I wasn’t quite sure what a Duke was so I looked it up. The Old French word is duc, the Latin is dux (ducis) meaning “leader.” A duke is a sovereign ruler of a duchy or small state. A duke is a nobleman next in rank to a prince. You’ve heard of kingdom? There is also dukedom. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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