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Can you name the Kings and Queens of England from their nicknames?
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Defender of the Faith
The Curtmantle (short cloak)
Hammer of the Scots
The Lion of Justice
The Merry Monarch
The Nine Days Queen
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Jan 16th, 2011 at 04:06 GMT
You're be-****ting me... seriously? I simply must go and read the history of some of these monarchs (ok, really James II is going to be first) to find out how they got these monikers. For I shall go Mad in less than Nine Days if I am not the Conqueror of that Knowledge. Even if I go Crouchbacked from sitting at the computer, I shall become the Wisest Fool in Christendom.
Jan 16th, 2011 at 04:18 GMT
@Hejman - A far better fate than being married to Mrs. Brown, The Virgin Queen;}
Jan 16th, 2011 at 05:28 GMT
@googlebird - But how could Mrs. Brown be the Virgin Queen? Herman's Hermits have been telling me for 45 years that she's 'Got a Lovely Daughter.'
Jan 16th, 2011 at 21:27 GMT
gd wot happerned to say edward the confessor alfred the great edmund ironside and edward the first as being also longshanks and so on is it in a certain area or name a few quiz
Jan 19th, 2011 at 18:08 GMT
@BritishRebel: I agree they are all usable, but I have only used nicknames that are pre 1066. @longshanks - (so named because of his height), I nearly used it but eventually went for the given answer. @LTH Thanx for the pick.
Jan 19th, 2011 at 20:23 GMT
^^oops scrub 'pre'...insert 'post'
Jan 19th, 2011 at 22:41 GMT
Nice! I would suggest that "The Bastard" is a much more interesting epithet for William I than "The Conqueror".
Game published: Jan 26th, 2011 at 19:08 GMT
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Jan 26th, 2011 at 19:53 GMT
Aagh! Can we cut it out with all the UK-centric quizzes?? ;-)
Jan 26th, 2011 at 21:05 GMT
Please accept "Jane"
Jan 26th, 2011 at 21:14 GMT
I was hoping Ethelred the Unready would be included. Best nickname EVER.
Jan 26th, 2011 at 22:58 GMT
I wonder what history will name Queen Elizabeth II; fascinating quiz.
Jan 26th, 2011 at 23:39 GMT
Actually, all rules since Henry VIII has used Defender of the Faith as part of their title.
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Jan 27th, 2011 at 01:10 GMT
So I put in Mary for the first clue...no go. So I put in Mary 1...nope. Apparently you have to put in capital I....which is just plain annoying. So now we have to figure out what the quiz writer has decided to use as his indications of numbers. Just annoying and ruins the quiz.
Jan 27th, 2011 at 01:50 GMT
how do you not go with longshanks for edward I?
Jan 27th, 2011 at 05:23 GMT
I was also hoping for Ethelred the Unready. Caligula was a nickname, too.
Jan 27th, 2011 at 06:23 GMT
I've heard King John of the Magna Carta days referenced as "Soft sword"
Jan 27th, 2011 at 10:28 GMT
I would imagine Mary I would have to be specified, to differentiate her from Mary II. Just like with the Elizabeths.
Jan 27th, 2011 at 10:30 GMT
Oh, also, Elizabeth I was the last one to have the title King/Queen of England. Technically speaking, they've all been Monarch of Great Britain since then. Just a fun fact for all of you Anglophiles.
Jan 27th, 2011 at 15:48 GMT
Jimh: You're out by a century. The Union of the Crowns occurred in 1603 when James VI of Scotland became James I of England. However, the act of union and creation of the Kingdom of Great Britain didn't happen until 1707 in the reign of Anne. The intervening period saw the two titles used seperately, but apart from James (I and VI/II and VII) and William (III, II and I) there weren't any names that didn't have the same regnal number for both crowns.
Jan 27th, 2011 at 16:18 GMT
Great quiz - some omissions Queen Anne (1700 circa may have been known as Fatso or the Obese behind her back. So fleshy was she that she could not negotiate the stairs at Windsor and they had to cut a large hole in the ceiling at Windsor Castle through which she was lowered on a hoist /pulley somewhat inelegantly - to the state rooms below . George IV was also of elephantine girth . When they loosed his corset his stomach dropped to his knees . What a coincidence that Crouchback (Richard III) and King Billy (William III) were both thirds /(turds). Both were also in real life 'hunchbacks' as in the Notre Dames bellringer. William the Conqueror had other nicknames i.e William the Bastard and William Tanner . Tanner being a reference to his 'mothers' alleged occupation before she was 'taken ' by the conqueor's father . He did'nt mind being called a 'bastard ' but took great exception to being called Tanner. Some hapless knight defending a castle in Normandy against William's onslaught was heard to shout the word 'tanner' at William from atop the castle wall . The castle was taken after a few days and there were no prisoners taken . William did'nt spare women or children either .
Jan 27th, 2011 at 16:20 GMT
Nobody called Henry IV "the Bolingbroke". That would be just stupid. Bolingbroke was the name of the castle he was born in, and thus he was "Henry OF Bolingbroke". It would be like using "William the Normandy", or "Stephen the Blois", or hell, "James the Scotland". It's possible you could call Mary I "Mary the Bloody", but it's just a rearranged way of saying "Bloody Mary", which is what people actually call her. It's just Henry Curtmantle, not "Henry the Curtmantle". You've changed it from a description of his clothing to a description of him, suggesting that the king was actually a short cloak. As previously mentioned, Defender of the Faith is a title claimed by all English/British monarchs since Henry VIII, it wasn't a nickname, and it would be even more ironic to pretend it is. Lilibet was a familial, childhood, nickname for Elizabeth II, not one that she's ever been called by anyone else apart from maybe a presumptious/disrespectful tabloid media. Also, since when has Edward VI been "Edward the Pious"? I've never heard any reference to it (including in Britannia), and can't imagine how he'd have come to be given it. What's your source for it?
Jan 27th, 2011 at 16:24 GMT
Alfred the Great ? and then Harold Godwinson who lost the Battle of Hastings and thus gave England over to a minority French speaking Norman aristocracy for several hundred years and in so doing helped to make the english language the complex mix it is today .
Jan 27th, 2011 at 21:12 GMT
An interesting subject for a quiz but published very quickly. t really could have done with some serious editing. Most (or all) Sporcle quizzes accept arabic as well as roman numerals for regnal numbers. Not accepting "Jane" is perverse. She was Lady Jane Grey, BEFORE she became Queen Jane (then ex-Queen Jane, then dead). A number of the answers include a superfluous "the" as stated above (Bloody Mary, Henry Bolingbroke, Henry Curtmantle, Crouchback etc.) King Billy is specific to Ireland and was not used in the 17th Century. He is/was much better known as William of Orange in England I have never heard of "George the Mad", only "Mad King George", but this was hardly a nickname rather a statement of fact. The Conqueror is a modern bowdlerisation of William the Bastard. Edward VI was pious, but I never heard of him being described as "the Pious". Sorry to be so negative.
Jan 27th, 2011 at 23:31 GMT
Still, most of these monikers are preferable to the Danish "Eric Plow Tax."
Jan 29th, 2011 at 19:25 GMT
Just when I'd managed to get Horrible Histories' 'King of Bling' out of my head, too...
Jan 29th, 2011 at 21:25 GMT
@iamthedancefloor I was about to make that same comment... And the 4 Georges 'I was the mad one!'
Jan 30th, 2011 at 07:28 GMT
I completed the quiz in 3 minutes, then the page froze, so now have to give up to unfreeze it. Very annoying
Jan 30th, 2011 at 14:49 GMT
I would have liked to see Edward the Confessor or Ethelred the Unready.
Feb 14th, 2011 at 01:24 GMT
@Imperium: Well, I must be wearing orthopedic shoes, because I stand corrected. The last Queen of England was *Anne*, not Elizabeth I. I had my acts confused. You learn something new every day!
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Feb 25th, 2011 at 15:24 GMT
My hope for Elizabeth II's nickname. The Last. Stupid Brits. Keeping the monarchy "just because it's tradition:.
Mar 13th, 2011 at 10:24 GMT
@slamb: You have managed to combine both ignorance and bigotry in your short comment. There are many respected countries which are democracies and have constitutional monarchies including the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Jamaica, Barbados, Cambodia etc, etc. (The Middle Eastern monarchies are not democracies and do not count.) The countries that are constitutional monarchies do not retain this system either because their populations are stupid or because of tradition. It is because the system is considered to be superior to having a head of state who is part of the political elite with all of the conflicts of interest or potential corruption that this involves (I give you Nixon, Clinton, Mitterand or Chirac as some of the more obvious examples). An alternative would be a purely ceremonial presidential system with the incumbant costs and lack of profile this involves. I am not suggesting that constitutional monarchies are superior to other systems only that they work for a large number of countries.
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Mar 15th, 2011 at 01:48 GMT
hey zeppelinoid, oh us americans are so sorry we offended you and your dear queen. The one who hasnt taken any executive decision or been an actual leader her whole life. How about having a chief executive ie a prime minister or president be "the man" instead of having pretend leaders whos only jobs are to play dress up and cut ribbons. Come on, your better than this England!
Mar 16th, 2011 at 20:28 GMT
@Beatlezfann: No one has been offended, and most Britons are not in the slightest bit precious about offensive remarks directed towards their monarchy. I was just pointing out that a significant number of mature democracies are comfortable with a constitutional monarch to represent their state rather than the other alternatives. No one is pretending that the monarch is the "leader" of such countries. That would be the "chief executive" i.e. the Prime Minister or equivalent. (The monarch does not attend G8/G20 summits etc.) By the way the country of which Elizabeth II is the monarch is the United Kingdom, not England.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 00:17 GMT
I like the idea of the quiz, but some of the nicknames like "Defender of the Faith" were actually titles or honors conferred upon rulers. Additionally, there were multiple the "Pious" and "the Mad." Overall, however it is a nice idea.
May 8th, 2011 at 17:02 GMT
Surprised that theres no "Longshanks." Got the Merry Monarch by singing the Horrible Histories song, King Of Bling
May 29th, 2011 at 14:25 GMT
Though "Nine Days Queen" is Jane Grey's proper her nickname she actually ruled for 13 days. Random tidbit. :)
Oct 26th, 2011 at 00:46 GMT
John Lackland is one of my favorites. I also like William II Rufus (which isn't on this quiz).
Feb 13th, 2012 at 22:19 GMT
edward the caressor should be included.
Mar 3rd, 2012 at 21:29 GMT
Hmm. If I'm ever introduced, I shall have to refer to her majesty as Lilibet. Something about that name is just plain adorable.
Mar 28th, 2013 at 17:16 GMT
@RS89: and Edward I Longshanks. I almost forgot Mrs Brown but I don't know how because I watched the Judi Dench film on that earlier. Amazing how you forget things...
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