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View Poll Results: Vote for the UKs greatest monarch
William the Conqueror 1 4.55%
Henry I 0 0%
Henry II 1 4.55%
Richard the Lionhearted 1 4.55%
John 0 0%
Edward I 0 0%
Edward III 1 4.55%
Edward IV 0 0%
Edward V 0 0%
Henry IV 0 0%
Henry V 0 0%
Richard III 1 4.55%
Henry VII 1 4.55%
Henry VIII 0 0%
Edward VI 0 0%
Mary I 0 0%
Elizabeth I 0 0%
James I 0 0%
Charles I 0 0%
Charles II 0 0%
Anne 0 0%
George II 0 0%
George III 0 0%
Victoria 6 27.27%
Elizabeth II 10 45.45%
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:48 PM
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Elizabeth I because she gave a national identity, killed Catholic fanatics, created the English East India Company, discovered parts of The New World, helped to civilize Native Americans, resisted the "intrigues" with Spain and France and was a woman who managed to reign in an era dominated by men.
"Helped to civilize Native Americans???"

Hardly. They already had their own civilization, and certainly are not thanking Eurocentric people for destroying it and replacing it with their own.
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For myself, the answer to this depends very much on various factors. Who is most loved, most powerful and influential, who did the most to change and positively reform the monarchy and the countries over which they reigned.

i am not entirely sure I'd like to say who is the greatest. Of course our current Queen is a much loved monarch, perhaps one of the most adored we have in a very long time. In terms of the other factors of which I mentioned, I'm not sure she scores very highly. However in context of the times, a monarch wouldn't be able to conquer other countries and have political and sociological influence. Of course she has been a very good monarch in many ways, being the saviour of the monarchy in several instances, and being able to adapt successfully during the darkest times.

Richard The Lionheart, Henry VIII, Charles I Mary and especially rather ludicrously John are bizarre choices for the poll. All of which were horrible rulers with very few redeeming factors.

I am uncomfortable saying who I think was the greatest. I feel that saying one is greater than another, may be to the detriment of others. Some of the greatest in my view are Charles II, Elizabeth I, William The Conquerer (although his treatment of his subjects leaves much to be desired), and Victoria amongst others. All for widely differering reasons.
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