Usually when I hear the word 'lord', I think of it in the Feudal sense: a lord owns a plot of land, everyone on that land pays him and he pays to the king, etc. Yet in my fantasy, I have a character who isn't a 'lord' in that sense, but in the sense of 'Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson' kind of 'lord'. As in, 'I'm a very skilled, very wealthy man who works in the government at some capacity, and who owns a lavish mansion and has servants. Did I mention I have some political clout?' I'm confused on this. What's the difference between the 'Feudal lord' and the other type of 'lord'? Was the concept of 'lord' in Nelson's time just a flashy title to separate his class from the common rabble? He didn't own a large tract of land where everyone had to pay him taxes, and he then paid taxes to the monarch, correct? I just want to get this straight in my head. EDIT: And while I'm at it, did the Lady (ie, Nelson's wife in this example) have any political power or was she just there to be the pretty face of the house and arrange parties and the like?