I just started reading The Pillars of the Earth and I’ve tried looking up the peerage system understand that its a hierarchical system but nothing really clearly explains what benefits, duties, and roles these different classes have overall. Is someone able to explain to me for example what would be different between and Earl and a Duke, or a Marquess for example?
Are these titles sometimes symbolic? As it seems sometimes someone of lower rank can be considerably more powerful than someone of a higher one. Unless I’m mistaken on that front.