One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A French noblewoman corresponding in rank to a British or Irish viscountess.as title ‘among others who came to support this good cause were the French Ambassador and Vicomtesse Luc de la Barre de Nanteuil’
- ‘I have seen older references (nineteenth century) that designated the daughters of comtes as vicomtesses but question their accuracy.’
- ‘In the Frick Collection's Vicomtesse Othenin d' Haussonville, née Louise-Albertine de Broglie, the curving shape of the flirtatious vicomtesse forms a kind of delightful question mark.’
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