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Re: CHAT: reign names

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Monday, September 20, 2004, 6:42
On Sunday, September 19, 2004, at 08:19 , Thomas R. Wier wrote:

> Ray wrote: >> But 'George' is one of the Prince of Wales's names! Many people had been >> hoping he would choose one of his other names, 'Arthur' (which BTW, >> unlike >> either Charles or George, is spelled the same in Welsh as in English). > > So, if he were to adopt Arthur as his regnal name, would he > be called "King Arthur II"?
No. There is no evidence that there was ever a historic 'King Arthur' of anywhere. If the Arthur of legend has any basis in reality, then 'Arthur' was probably a Romano-British leader (presumably called Arctorius) holding out against Saxon encroachment after the legions had withdrawn from Britain.
> For that matter, what status do > any of the preconquest kings have? A few of the very early > names are still in use:
In England, they have no standing. The monarchs of England are numbered from William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy, who is styled "William I". I do not know when the Scots lists of monarchs starts; the Normans didn't bring Scotland under their control. [snip]
> name.) Heck, if Sargon II of Assyria (r. 722-705 BC) can be called > thus because of Sargon I the Great of Akkad (r. 2371-2315 BC), I > suppose anything can happen.
Yep - you're probably right there! Ray =============================================== =============================================== "They are evidently confusing science with technology." UMBERTO ECO September, 2004


Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>The etymology of (King) Arthur (was Re: CHAT: reign names)