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Old 11-18-2014, 09:55 AM
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The BBC is soliciting popular participation to decide who was England's greatest monarch: Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, or Victoria. BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | England's greatest monarch is...

I found it very interesting that two of the three are women. I am leaning towards voting for Elizabeth I.
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Victoria was not an English monarch, she was a British monarch. The Tudors have way more publicity than any of the earlier Plantagenets Kings. So more people are going to know about them compared to Edward III


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As per historian, Dr. David Starkey: Unimpeachable integrity - but Queen is not greatest monarch.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/starkey-un...4.html#RT4sLtz
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I can't decided between queen Elizabeth I or queen Victoria. As another poster said, it is very interesting that monarchs who left a strong legacy and a mark in history are women.
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I don't see that Queen Victoria was that great. Early on she is Melbourne's puppet, then Albert comes and probably does more stuff than Victoria. He dies and then she basically abandoned the job to mourn for decades. Her relationships with her children were messed up. Britain was successful despite of her. Her meddling in Europe sets up WWI.


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No idea about 'greatest' but I think King George V did a lot of the right things. He may not have been an educated man but he was certainly streetsmart.

He brought in at what the time were many modernisations and he cut off militant socialism before it had a chance to do to him what it did to the Romanovs.

I think he was one of the better modern monarchs.
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The BBC is soliciting popular participation to decide who was England's greatest monarch: Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, or Victoria. BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | England's greatest monarch is...

I found it very interesting that two of the three are women. I am leaning towards voting for Elizabeth I.
I think those are odd choices!
I can see Elizabeth I, but Henry VIII or Victoria?

I think I would vote for Henry II.
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I voted for Queen Elizabeth I .
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I don't think Victoria's meddling in Europe set up the conditions for World War One. I think that war was a result of all sorts of political pressures within Germany and other imperial powers like Austro-Hungary.

Victoria is probably there because of the length of her reign and because, towards the end of it, she symbolised Britain's imperial greatness. Her 1897 jubilee with hundreds of troops from all over the Empire was one of the great set-pieces of her later reign.

Nevertheless, Victoria reigned, especially after 1861, not ruled, so I would give the title to Elizabeth I, though I do think Edward III should have also been considered.
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