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Old January 9th, 2010, 01:03 AM   #11
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Richard would of been on the list if he had survived longer and done more in england , there is no doubt he is among one of the greats medieval figures but from a king point of view he just misses out for me.
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BEST
Queen Elizabeth
King George III
Queen Victoria

WORST
King John
King Henry VIII
Bloody Mary
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BEST
Queen Elizabeth
King George III
Queen Victoria

WORST
King John
King Henry VIII
Bloody Mary
Excellent choices, especially for the worst! But I would also add Richard I, 'Lionheart'. A good warrior, but a mediocre king and in general a selfish and brutish man.
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I personally am most impressed with military conquest (because I'm a shallow, adolescent bully at heart) and so I like Richard I, Edward I, Edward III and Henry V.
Totally agree with you there, we all like a good battle or two Perhaps William I could be added to this list as a result.

I never know whether to consider John as bad, because of how terrible a king he was, or good because of his contribution to England, therefore I'll bottle it and not put him.

However, William II, Edward II, Stephen, Mathilda and Bloody Mary can all be considered bad monarchs
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John let a lot of continental possessions go to the French, so I think he was pretty-bad, as far as empire-building was concerned. And he failed utterly in Ireland.

I think William the Conqueror was just a lucky bastard. If Harold's fyrd hadn't disobeyed orders and charged pell-mell down the hill and got themselves killed, William wouldn't have won. I don't think it was any great strategy of William's that gave him the battle, more a boon of circumstance.
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He was literally a lucky bastard
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Old January 15th, 2010, 10:08 PM   #17
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Best:

Henry I
Henry II
Elizabeth I

Worst:

Stephen and Mathilda (interesting how they both sucked as monarchs in very different ways).
John
Also not a big fan of the Georges I-IV. There was so little that was admirable about them.
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comnena surely ed 2 , richard 2 , and henry 6 are the worst kings
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Before choosing their best and worst kings, I would recommend that people watch David Starkey's 'Monarchy' series here:

An excellent and absorbing overview of the role between monarchy and the people since the time of Alfred.
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Best William the Bastard,

Simply because he tried to wipe out the North. Imagine a world with out Gorgies or Yorkshire men

SO HAPPY

Worst, George V woman got the vote during his reign for god sake
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