by Daniel v. Coberly v. Reichenberg
Fans of PBS television's Downton Abbey seem enthralled with the fictitious Crawley family's struggle to retain their ancient nobility...and their titles...in the post Edwardian era. And yet, few fans seem to notice that while Lord Crawley is styled the "Earl of Grantham," his wife Lady Cora is called a "Countess". And then there is the Dowager Countess, and the Marquess and the Marchioness of Flintshire. The world has been and continues to be greatly influenced by nobility and royalty. This handy reference, 6 years in the making, can help sort through the fog of ancient and modern titles no matter where you find them!