Michael F. Gunter
mfgunter at tddcae99.tddeng00.fnts.com
Thu Feb 20 07:48:36 PST 1997
>From what I remember, Ducal perogative started out in the dim past in, I believe, the Middle Kingdom. Seems there was a rule that one of the duties of Knighthood was the obligation to fight in Crown unless granted an excuse by the current Majesties. The idea came up that Dukes had served their Kingdom sufficiently so that they did not have to fight if they didn't wish to without having to gain the Crown's permission.
I'm not sure if this is the total and true origins but this is what I have heard.
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