My list of favorite monarchs are....
Saint Louis IX of France
Saint Ferdinand III of Castile
Saint Stephen I of Hungary
Saint Ladislaus I of Hungary
Saint Wenceslaus I of Bohemia
Saint Leopold III Babenberg of Austria
Leopold V Babenberg of Austria (The Virtuous)
Leopold VI Babenberg of Austria (The Glorious)
Friedrich I, Holy Roman Emperor (Barbarossa)
Saint II Heinrich, Holy Roman Emperor
Albert I Ascanian of Brandenburg (The Bear)
Ludwig II Ludowingian of Thuringia (The Iron)
Ludwig I Ludowingian of Thuringia (The Springer)
Philip II of France
Saint Olaf II of Norway
Sigurd I Magnusson of Norway (The Crusader)
Haakon IV Haakonsson of Norway (The Old)
Jan III Sobieski of Poland-Lithuania
Saint Alfred of Wessex (The Great)
Richard I of England (The Lionheart)
Ivan IV Vasilyevich of Russia (The Terrible)
Otto I Ascanian of Brandenburg
Waldemar I Ascanian of Brandenburg (The Great)
Friedrich II Hohenzollern of Prussia (The Great)
Henry IV of France
Casimir III of Poland (The Great)
Saint Casimir of Poland-Lithuania
Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (The Great)
David I of Israel
I think my list ist far too long. But I hope I've made my point. There truly are great Monarchs in history and many of these we do not appreciate. It ist only now, in the days when they're gone that we must suffer the rule of lesser people. Each of these people - so beloved as they were - left such a mark on history that at the hour of their deaths, the world became poorer for it. The most people can only expect now is that they can choose some politician who can rival the greatness of kings, however extremely unlikely that ist, for as Alcuin of York once stated,"do not listen to those who keep saying, 'The voice of the people is the voice of God.' because the tumult of the crowd is always close to madness.'"
And in light of the madness of these past few centuries, the Monarchist can either be an optimistic hopeful or a devastated pessimist. It ist not enough to simply feel something for these people, but to act on their legacies that stands us apart from this awful modern age, where Morality is a dream or the subject of fairy tales. As a monarchist, I believe it is my duty - perhaps all of our duties - to ensure that the sacrifices of our ancestors are not in vain.
I would like to state that I had an interest in adding several Wittelbachs, Roman Emperors, Greek Kings, Byzantine Basilius and Persian Monarchs to my list, but that would be over-kill.
God bless you reader und thank you for taking the time to read about a common nobody's little set of words.