marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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entitlement

I was pondering a point in a moderately recent Girl Genius comic where Gil is addressed as "Your Highness" -- revealing things about his mother's side he had not known.

But what I was thinking was that he had to be merely a prince for that.


Except that I've also read Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess.  In which at one point Klaus calls Bang "Your Highness" and there was some amusing chit-chat about how a pirate queen (or king) would sometimes be treated as royalty by the chief families of Europe.

grumble.

To be sure, the titles are not a stable thing.  In medieval times, a king was "Your Grace"; only an emperor qualified as "Your Majesty."  And title inflation, with grander nouns and throwing in a few splendiferous adjectives, is remarkably easy.  But I don't think there was ever a time when Your Highness was the sovreign's title.

I may be wrong.  Or that Europe may have see the inflation work a bit different.  But this is one of the things that makes sf/fantasy mysteries so difficult to write.  You don't know whether something is a clue about the world, or an anomaly in the world that's a clue about the crime.  And it's a problem for other forms of foreshadowing and set-up too.



Tags: foreshadowing, names, set-up, webcomics, world-building: courtesy, world-building: royalty
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