When I watch TV set in the UK, they often refer to English place names like Sussex, Northumberland, Cornwall, Yorkshire … and I realized that I really don’t have any idea what those names represent.
Are they geopolitical entities – analogous to, say, Massachusetts or Georgia in the US – with executive or legislative bodies? Or are they just geographic groupings, like “New England” or “The Deep South”?
Is there a connection to the nobility? Like, was Yorkshire owned by the Duke of York?