I have received some feedback about the titles used in Making of an Empress, so I thought I should take some time to explain them and put them in order of importance.
Several titles were used in the book and will continue to be used in the series. I will review all the titles that have been used and explain those that have not yet surfaced, just to give you insight. Now, they are based on realistic titles but I have made some adjustments, after all, it is fantasy.
Titles can be categorized three ways – Imperial, Royal, and Noble. Imperial titles are the highest title one can receive, followed by Royal and lastly Noble. Within the categories, there is a pecking order, order of importance if you will.
This post will explain the Imperial titles. Imperial titles are hereditary meaning they are passed down a family line. The Imperials are the most respected of the titles.
The highest title is, of course, Emperor or Empress. The Imperial ruler oversees all the kingdoms within the realm or country. He or she is the highest authority (next to the Church). The Imperial ruler’s word is law. The Imperial ruler is not alone in decision making, they rely on a Council of Advisors, typically made up of high-ranking officials from within the realm. Saaveth has four realms, each with its own Imperial ruler. The proper way to address the Imperial ruler would be His or Her Imperial Royal Majesty.
The spouse of the Imperial ruler is known as a Consort. The wife of the Emperor would be known as the Empress Consort. The Consort is not necessarily an Imperial in his or her own right but has married into the Imperial family. Spouses of other Imperials are simply given the title appropriate for their gender, there is no consort.
The children of the Imperial ruler are Imperial Princes and Princesses and are address and Imperial Prince Royal.
Next is the Imperial Grand Archduchy. An Imperial Grand Archduke (IGA) or Duchess is the eyes and ears of the Emperor in each kingdom. The Imperial Grand Archduke is of higher position than the king or queen of his assigned kingdom. Each kingdom is assigned an Imperial Grand Archduke. The proper way to address an IGA would be His Imperial Royal Highness. IGA’s are considered Imperial Princes and Princesses of the realm. The IGA does not command the king but simply ensure the Imperial ruler’s laws are enforced.
The Imperial Archduke oversees a duchy (county) within a kingdom, as such he is of higher rank than the duke of the county. The proper address for the Imperial Archduke is His Imperial Highness.
Imperial Grand Duke is the title of one who oversees the Marques (cities). He is of higher rank than the Marques. His proper address would be Imperial Royal Prince.
Imperial Duke oversees each barony (town). His address would be Imperial Prince.
These are the titles of the Imperials as used in the Hulsteria series. Imperial titles can only be bestowed by the Imperial leader. Not all cities and towns have Imperials. The Imperial ruler uses the titles as a way to reward those who serve him well.