I'm just starting with this great game and after a few baby steps up the learning curve, I'm already out of breath!
I'm not quite getting the concept of demesne and holdings. I know the definition of demesne is the total of all personal holdings (castles, cities and churches), and that holdings appear at the county (province?) level. Here is my question:
I'm playing Rudolf I Duchy of Swabia with a 1066 start. The demesne size in the toolbar is 2/6, which I understand. But I'm having a hard time figuring out what two holdings they are. If I look at the Realm screen, it looks like his two holdings are County of Ulm and County of Furstenberg. This is confusing because I thought holdings were one level lower than counties (provinces). Each of those counties has two holdings, so I would think that demesne size would be four for Rudolf, not two. What am I missing?
Secondary question - are County and Province synonymous?
Pretty fundamental concepts, I know, but I would really appreciate some help.