For the first time Churchill, by now on the brink of old age, shed the ‘galloping major’ image and became, oddly for someone of ducal provenance in what was quickly turning into the Age of the Common Man, a folk hero.
He wants grandchildren, legitimate ones, to carry on the illustrious ducal line.
Considered over a lifetime, written by a dying old man in the remnants of his ducal palace in Palermo, it is a threnody to a fallen patrician class.
The same criticism can be made of ducal palaces like Chatsworth, Stowe, Woburn, Blenheim, sequestered in their parks.
Antoine Busnois was one of the most prominent composers in the Burgundian ducal court in the second half of the 15th century.
The viceroy's house, now the governor's, is a titanic white imitation of an English-county ducal palace.
Posing as an injured painter of noble birth, Castagno infiltrates the ducal palace and courts Marguerite, who secretly shelters him in her chambers and restores him to health.
He reached Rouen, the ducal capital, in May.
In this production, the grave duke seems an ill match for the mercurial Lucio, and he must rouse all his ducal authority to muzzle the fool.
Norman ducal revenues were insufficient to meet even the cost of garrisoning its defences and so, to fund Richard's seemingly never-ending wars against Philip, England was subjected to unprecedented levels of financial exaction.