Definition of earldom:
- "Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed.", S. A. Reilly.
An earldom then was not a mere empty title with nothing in it but a blue sash and a scorbutic temperament, but it gave almost absolute authority over one or more shires, and was also a good piece of property.- "Comic History of England", Bill Nye.
- "The Dragon and the Raven or, The Days of King Alfred", G. A. Henty.