Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fact of the Day: Earl

The earl noble rank in England came from the word jarl from Scandinavia. It basically meant "chieftain" in modern English. Earls are of equal rank to counts in the rest of Europe.   

7 comments:

Sandra said...

I did not realize that. Great historical trivia.

Al Penwasser said...

But...and this is a totally serious question...what's the difference between an earl, baron, or duke?

Anna-Alina said...

Nice fact , as always, I had no idea about it!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Viking influence!

Christine said...

Interesting.

Martha said...

I didn't know that. Interesting.

Adam said...

Rank and importance. Duke is the highest, earl is pretty high up, and baron is rather low.