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Who was England's Best Monarch?
William I
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Henry I
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Henry II
8%
 8%  [ 2 ]
Edward I
8%
 8%  [ 2 ]
Edward III
16%
 16%  [ 4 ]
Henry V
20%
 20%  [ 5 ]
Edward IV
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Henry VIII
4%
 4%  [ 1 ]
Elizabeth I
28%
 28%  [ 7 ]
Charles II
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
William III & Mary II
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Somebody Else
16%
 16%  [ 4 ]
Total Votes : 25

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Roger Hooper




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PostPosted: Thu 22 Mar, 2012 11:58 am    Post subject: Who was the Best Monarch of England?         Reply with quote

To balance the worst king poll, here is one for the best monarch of England. I have limited it to between 1066 and 1700, which would leave out Alfred the Great, and, everyone's favorite, William IV.

My choice - Henry II, who brought the country out of a destructive civil war, created the Angevin Empire, and managed to rule it all quite well.

Elizabeth is the obvious choice, and should get a lot of votes.

I left out Richard III, because, even though he was quite able, he didn't rule long enough, and Henry VII - an efficiant king, but I have a strong dislike for him.
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PostPosted: Thu 22 Mar, 2012 1:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I was going to choose James I but he's not listed. Colonial expansion, union, calming the borders, commissioning an English bible, etc. More lasting influence than E I, perhaps.
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PostPosted: Thu 22 Mar, 2012 5:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I voted for Henry V because he almost secured Englands dream of "English France".

So close Henry...

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