Sir William and Lady Lucas

Category: Custom & Law | Type: Historical | Title: Pride and Prejudice (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 1

The "Sir" as opposed to "Lord" indicates that Sir William is a baronet or knight, and in this case it is an honorary title that dies with him.

He was knighted as a reward for a speech he gave when mayor fulsomely praising the King, George III. Barons were part of the peerage, and baronets (the equivalent of business class on a plane) were the next rank below and outside the peerage, to be followed by knights, the lowest titled rank.

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