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Interesting Royal Nicknames
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"Everyone always talks about rulers with nicknames like 'The Great' or 'The Magnificent', but less is said about others with much more interesting sobriquets. This quiz will provide equal time for those other fellows...good luck!"
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Henry II of Castille, who ruled solo from 1369-79 in that Iberian land, has carried with him a murderous nickname through the ages. Which of these sobriquets is his?
Antiochus II, who ruled the ancient Seleucid Empire from 261 to 246 B.C., did not mince with words when it came to his elevated status. He was known as 'Theos', which means which of the following in Greek?
Son of God
Which Roman emperor could fittingly be called 'Bootsy' in English, based on the familiar name assigned to him?
For the best royal sobriquets, one needs to turn to the French. Case in point is poor Louis II, the king of France from 877 to 879 A.D. What was his unfortunate epithet?
Yazdgird I, ruler of the ancient Sassanian kingdom of Persia from 399 to 420 A.D., had conflicting nicknames. One of his informal titles was Izdigerdes, or 'made by God'. His other nickname was less flattering, however. What was it?
As if not to be outdone by the French, the English have come up with several good epithets for their less fortunate rulers. Which ruler of England was given the title 'Lackland' because, well, he lacked his own land?
Some of the greatest royal nicknames were provided by the Scandinavians. For example, Sven I, one of the greatest rulers of Denmark, had what interesting sobriquet attached to his name?
Aside from being called 'The Conquerer', William I of England was also saddled with a much less flattering nickname, 'The Bastard'.
Back to France and another fascinating sobriquet, this time for Louis XI, who is known in history by what creepy nickname?
King George III of England, Queen Juana of Castile and King Charles VI of France were all given what somewhat less than flattering royal nickname?
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