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Forms of address

Posted: 13 Dec 2012, 20:26
by Edward Hillenbrand
I know this is a bit off our general topic but I have a question that maybe a lister can answer: what are the proper forms of address for medieval academics? What would a Ph.D be called? A master's holder etc? I thought it went: Learned Sir for a BA/BS, Well Learned Sir for a MA/MS and Very Well Learned Sir for a Ph.D whoever I can no long find the reference I had on this subject.

Thanx in advance for any help you can give.

Re: Forms of address

Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 01:19
by steven harris
Edward Hillenbrand wrote:I know this is a bit off our general topic but I have a question that maybe a lister can answer: what are the proper forms of address for medieval academics? What would a Ph.D be called? A master's holder etc? I thought it went: Learned Sir for a BA/BS, Well Learned Sir for a MA/MS and Very Well Learned Sir for a Ph.D whoever I can no long find the reference I had on this subject.

Thanx in advance for any help you can give.

I've never heard of such a system.

The styles of "Reverend" go (high to low):
The Most Reverend
The Right Reverend
The Very Reverend
The Reverend

Perhaps an analogous system could be attempted with The Learned? I wouldn't include the Sir, per se, unless he'd been knighted, but I can see an argument being made for its use a differential.