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February 01, 2006

King George?

Over at Old Horsetail Snake: Athletes in (In)Action, there is a "quiz" which includes (among other things), this question:

8. Six kings of England have been called George, the last one being George the Sixth. Name the previous five.

I have seen this question many times and it has always bothered me. Something in the cesspool of trivia that substitutes for a brain was nagging that there was something wrong with this question. I don't mean the obvious bit about 'king of England' - I know that should read 'Great Britain' or 'United Kingdom' depending on the era. What bothers me is the "George"...

So I checked. Guess what. There were six English kings who used the title "King George" (I through VI) but they were not all called George :-)

In fact, they were called (in order): Georg (note Germanic spelling), George, George, George, George and Albert.

So, next time someone asks that question, you know the real answer :-)

Posted by Ozguru at February 1, 2006 06:00 AM