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Old January 8th, 2010, 08:58 AM   #1
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The worst King of England and the best kings of England ?


I started this thread somewhere else but thought i would put it here.

The best kings

Alfred
Athelstan
Henry II
Edward I
Edward III
Henry V

Worst

Ethelred the unready
Stephen
John
Edward II
Richard II
Henry VI

Feel free to criticise my choices if you wish ,
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Old January 8th, 2010, 10:32 AM   #2
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Well, Alfred was not king of England, although in a few charters he did describe himself as Rex Anglorum. He is usually regarded as the first one to style himself king of the Anglo-Saxons, at least after the year 889. Athelstan is the one who is regarded as the first English king, and he was probably the best.
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I started this thread somewhere else but thought i would put it here.

The best kings

Alfred
Athelstan
Henry II
Edward I
Edward III
Henry V

Worst

Ethelred the unready
Stephen
John
Edward II
Richard II
Henry VI

Feel free to criticise my choices if you wish ,

Your rating seems to be on the sole criteria of military success.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 10:45 AM   #4

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Re: The worst King of England and the best kings of England ?


Best kings of England

Henry I
Simon De Montfort
Oliver Cromwell



Worst

William the bastard
William Rufus
Richard I and John
Henry III
Edward I and II
Henry VIII
Bloody Mary
Charles I
James II

after James II the throne is pretty much irrelevant.

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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:18 AM   #5
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I think a good king is classed as bringing prestige to the nation he rules be it by warfare , law and order , culture etc
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Re: The worst King of England and the best kings of England ?


Best
Edward I
Elizabeth
Henry V
Alfred
James I

Worst
William the Bastard
Bloody Mary
Steven and Matilda
George IV
John
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:39 AM   #7
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I think a good king is classed as bringing prestige to the nation he rules be it by warfare , law and order , culture etc
A good point. If we are to accept your criteria, then you are spot on with Alfred and Athelstan. And yes, Edward I can be added to this list, at least where martial quality and lawmaking is concerned.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 12:17 PM   #8
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oh btw the reason i havent added anyone post yorkists as my degree was mostly set in middle and medieval ages so that is where my interest lies .
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Best:

Henry II

Worst:

Stephen
John (one of the worst but definitely the most interesting)
Edward II
Henry VI
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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:43 PM   #10

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Re: The worst King of England and the best kings of England ?


Well, it depends on the criterion, surely?

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.
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