# 1, 3, 6 & 7
Posted by René on 17/4/2009, 11:08:52, in reply to "An easy one? Who are we, and what is our link?"
1. Friedrich III, German Emperor |
3. Philipe I Duke of Orléans "Monsieur"
6. Haakon VII of Norway
7. Frederick V, Elector of the Palatinate, King of Bohemia
: Time to have to some more activity on this
: board again!
: The recipe is the old, wellknown one, and I
: have a suspicion that this may be far too
: easy – but we’ll see...
: The question, then, as usual, is: who are
: we, and what do we have in common?
: 1: I was already seriously ill when I came
: to the throne, and my reign was very short.
: Who knows – if I hadn’t been such a heavy
: smoker, maybe the course of world history
: would have been quite different?
: 2: I was only a child when I came to the
: throne. I took the initiative to form an
: alliance between my own kingdom and the
: neighbouring ones, but it would take another
: two and a half centuries before they were
: finally united. When my son and heir died
: after a short reign, his heir was his
: sister, but she renounced the throne in
: favour of her son (my grandson).
: 3: I was the younger brother of a king. I
: was the ancestor of a separate branch of our
: family, and today my descendants and those
: of my brother are disputing the headship of
: our dynasty. I was married twice, but I
: preferred men. Rumour has it that my wife
: and I even had the same lover...
: 4: I was not exactly what you would call
: the worthiest of monarchs: I was a drunken
: hooligan who went around town with my mates,
: wrecking property and beating up whores...
: 5: I sat on several thrones, but the place
: where I grew up and spent most of my life is
: perhaps the smallest and least famous of my
: kingdoms. I was known in my time for my
: considerable linguistic skills and my
: patronage of poetry, science and the arts.
: After my son and successor died, the throne
: of my biggest kingdom was vacant for a long
: 6: I was quite contented with my life as a
: naval officer, but when I was offered a
: foreign throne I accepted. After my wife’s
: death, I had to spend five years in her
: native country.
: 7: My brief reign in a foreign country
: lasted only one winter, and I ended up
: losing the high rank I had inherited from my
: father. Later on, though, long after I was
: dead, my son regained it.
: 8: I was the last ruler of my dynasty.
: During my reign, I was frequently in
: conflict with the pope, though not nearly as
: deeply as my famous father.
: 9: I became a king only a few years after
: receiving another dignity (which now,
: suddenly, was no longer relevant). I was
: known for my great size – according to one
: source, I was 2.11 m (or 6' 11" to our
: non-metric friends... )
: 10: You might say I had it all, but then I
: lost it through my own obstinacy: as a small
: boy I acceded to one throne, and as a
: teenager I acceded to two more. But when I
: got fed up with the complaints and
: insubordination of my subjects, I went
: "on strike" in a remote part of my
: realm. After repeatedly having refused to
: reply to letters from my councils, I was
: deposed from my three thrones one by one.
: Later on I made a living organising what
: amounted to piracy for a while, before I
: stopped sulking and returned to my native