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  •  John and Stephen - the one-and-onlys (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark Tapley, LSophia

    but there have also been some other stinkers whose names have been re-used.

    Remember that English/British kings were not all born - and thus named - as heir-apparent: notably, Henry VIII was the younger brother of Arthur, Edward II was the younger brother of Adolphus, and Charles I was younger brother of Henry Frederick.

    Further, Henry I, James II, Anne - also a one-and-only, but not so awful - and William IV all succeeded their siblings.

    Shit happens. I wouldn't read too much into it.

    Too late for the simple life, too early for android love slaves - Savio

    by Clem Yeobright on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 06:30:14 PM PST

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    •  George VI (0+ / 0-)

      also succeeded his sibling—Edward VIII (although uncrowned). But he wasn't awful. I'm not sure what the criteria were…

      Not only that, but his given name wasn't even George!

      And back to John, who succeeded his brother Richard, who wasn't even the first heir. Henry I had his eldest son Henry crowned while the elder was still alive. Unfortunately, the younger predeceased the elder without being remarked in the line.

      •  In Edward VIII's case (0+ / 0-)

        he just wanted to marry an "unsuitable" woman.  However, given that he was a known Nazi sympathizer, some of us find his abdication to be very fortunate.

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