As some regular visitors know, PG enjoys reading history, 20th Century by and large, but other centuries are also of interest to him as well.
As an expert historian, PG can assure to one and all that every single Earl is going to die at some time or another. No 14th century Earl has ever been located except in a creepy crypt somewhere.
PG thinks the Queen can make new Earls, but his preferred way to become an Earl would be to inherit the title and receive a bunch of valuable Earlish things in the process. That way, he’d have the crumbling mansion, suits of armor, colorful local staff, a fortune, etc., to complement his Earliness so nobody could say he just made up the Earl story.
The catch to this path to prominence is that you need to have an ancestor who was an Earl somewhere.
PG hasn’t found any Earls among all the peasants in his family tree.
Many years ago, PG was poking around among his forebearers and found one who was a Count of the Holy Roman Empire, which, according to the microfilm of an old, old piece of paper, would have made PG an hereditary Count. He got excited because everybody would have to call him Count PG.
However, about 15 minutes later, he discovered that he wasn’t descended from the old Count after all, and as of today, he’s still officially disCounted.
“Why,” one might ask, “absent the possibility of receiving vast treasures and great public distinction, are we concerned by the death of an earl?”
That’s a good question in 21st Century life for 99.999% of the world’s population.
However, if the earl is closely related to you, your view might change.
Today, Mrs. PG released her latest murder mystery, titled Death of an Earl.
1930’s Oxford types, Catherine Tregowyn and Harry Bascombe are tootling along, teaching students and minding their own business when one of Harry’s relatives (who is an Earl) turns out to be dead. Harry’s Earl hasn’t always been dead, it’s a recently-acquired trait.
So, like all good Oxonians, Catherine and Harry want to see that justice is done and start an investigation.
Italians and fishermen are involved.
Today is the release day for Death of an Earl on Amazon and the PG’s would be happy if a lot of people purchased copies of her book.