Okay, I admit it: one of my long-time hobbies is the study of British history. Indeed, long-time readers of this blog may not find this much of a surprise, considering some of my News Flashes. So perhaps it’s not too far out of character to post something coinciding with this weekend’s celebrations of the Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
The question of what to post touches on another hobby: geneology.
Today for your amusement I have a list of twenty English monarchs, of varying levels of fame, in order of their appearance. (I have to specify English monarchs, since numbering gets tricky after 1707.) Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to identify which ones are in the current royal family’s direct lineage.
Or you can skip to the bottom to look at the answers. You might find it interesting.
So here we go:
- Harold II Godwinson (1066)
- William I the Conquerer (1066-1087)
- Richard I the Lionhart (1189-1199) –of Robin Hood fame
- John (1199-1215) –…likewise
- Edward I (1272-1307) –of William Wallace fame
- Richard II (1377-1399) –of Peasants’ Revolt fame
- Henry IV (1399-1413) –who provoked the Wars of the Roses (in a way)
- Henry V (1413-1422) –Shakespeare’s classic hero
- Richard III (1483-1485) –Shakespeare’s classic villain
- Henry VII (1485-1509) –who finished the Wars of the Roses
- Henry VIII (1509-1547) –of Six Wives fame
- Mary I (1553-1558) — who had a boat named after her
- Elizabeth I (1558-1603) –…likewise
- James I (1603-1625) –of Bible Translation fame
- Charles I (1625-1649) –of whom Cromwell took a dislike
- James II (1685-1688) –whose subjects were Gloriously Revolting
- Anne (1702-1714) — has three plants named after her
- George I (1714-1727) –famous for employing G. F. Handel
- George III (1760-1820) –famous (over here) for…well, you know
- Victoria (1837-1901) –famous for not being amused
And here are the answers, as far as I know them. I admit my knowledge is incomplete on the subject; if you have information on some obscure connection that I don’t know about, please post with the details.
1: Nán (that’s “no” in Anglo-Saxon…I think). 2: Oui. 3: Non. 4: Oui. 5: Yea. 6: Nay. 7: Nay. 8: No, but his widow is: she remarried into the Tudor family (yes, those Tudors). 9. Nay. 10. Cywir (that’s Welsh for “true,” by the way). 11: Nay. 12: Nay. 13. Still nay. 14: Aye. 15: No. 16: No. 17: Still no. 18: Ja. 19: Yes. 20: Well, of course….