underking

underking

(ˈʌndəˌkɪŋ)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a ruler subordinate to a king
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Irvine's point is, however, distinctly speculative, and somewhat militated by the unfavorable tone of the references to underkings: AElfric independently stresses their subservient nature (lines 45-48) and revels, with Smaragdus, in Christ's overturning the hierarchical difference between an underking and a centurion (lines 121-36).