Duke

Duke

A duke (male) or duchess (female) can either be a monarch ruling over a duchy or a member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch. The title comes from French duc, itself from the Latin dux, 'leader', a term used in republican Rome to refer to a military commander without an official rank (particularly one of Germanic or Celtic origin), and later coming to mean the leading military commander of a province.

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    I hate the whole race.... There is no believing a word they say—your professional poets, I mean—there never existed a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke Wellington (1769–1852)

    For the man who should loose me is dead,
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    I don’t know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me.
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke Wellington (1769–1852)