I keep thinking William the Conqueror for one of them but can't think why!
: Between them, Nellie, Damian and René have
: identified 8 of the 10 people in this quiz.
: Only #5 and #6 are missing - so here is a
: They are the two earliest people in this
: quiz. One of them is very much earlier than
: the others...
: (I won't give you any hints about the link
: yet - let's wait and see if anyone comes up
: with more suggestions first... )
: --Previous Message--
: 1. I was the ruler of a small state which,
: during my reign, became part of an empire.
: The idyllic island where I died is today
: owned by a foundation set up by my
: 2. I reigned in a huge country which had
: used to belong to my ancestral country
: before gaining its independence. When my
: father died, I also inherited his throne,
: but I soon had to abdicate in favour of my
: little daughter. My brother was supposed to
: help her rule, but instead he tried to seize
: the throne for himself. I then abdicated my
: first throne as well, in order to fight my
: brother and restore my daughter on her
: 3. Before ascending to the throne, I asked
: for the support of my people through a
: referendum. Years later, I temporarily had
: to leave when my country was invaded, but
: after exactly 5 years in exile I returned.
: When I died, after more than half a century
: on the throne, I was immensely popular.
: 4. I was heir to a kingdom that no longer
: existed, but I managed instead to be
: accepted as the ruler of a duchy. My father,
: who had also been entitled to rule that
: duchy, was never allowed to succeed.
: 5. I was intended to be the successor of my
: uncle and father-in-law, but I died rather
: young. A theatre named for me still exists
: in the capital city of my country.
: 6. I was not very pleased when my younger
: brother was allowed to succeed to one of my
: father’s thrones, while I was supposed to
: wait until my father died before I could
: succeed to the other one. Therefore I
: rebelled against my father and deposed him.
: However, he regained his throne a few years
: later, when I died.
: 7. I was the heir of two kingdoms which had
: been united by my parents. However, I died
: very young, and the succession eventually
: passed to my mad sister and her son.
: 8. My grandfather was the last king of my
: native country. My family had to go into
: exile when I was still a little boy. I
: married a foreign heiress, but later we had
: to go into exile again - ironically, to my
: native country, the country I had been
: forced to leave as a boy. By the time we
: were allowed to return to my wife’s country,
: it was too late; my wife died before we
: could return, and I died on my way back
: 9. I was a king who succeeded to the throne
: on my father’s abdication. As a young man, I
: had taken part in one of the most famous
: battles in world history, but my lack of
: experience had led me to make certain wrong
: decisions there which led to unnecessarily
: high casualties. I died suddenly after a
: relatively short reign.
: 10. I have gone into history as an ambitious
: reformer, preoccupied with the ideas of
: enlightenment and religious toleration.
: However, I also tried to centralise the
: government and increase my own control of
: things, and by the time I died, I was very
: unpopular, and there were riots and
: rebellions in several parts of my vast
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