Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Nicknames For French Kings, In Order

37. "From Overseas" (Louis IV)
36. "The Posthumous" (John I)
35. "The Lazy" (Louis V)
34. "The Young" (Louis VII)
33. "The Stammerer" (Louis II)
32. "The Fat" (Louis VI)
31. "The Bald" (Charles II)
30. "The Short" (Pepin)
29. "The Tall" (Philip V)
28. "The Simple" (Charles III)
27. "The Handsome" (Philip IV, Charles IV) x
26. "The Pious" (Louis I, Robert II)
25. "The Father of the People" (Louis XII)
24. "The Great" (Charlemagne, Louis XIV, Napoleon I)
23. "The Good" (John II)
22. "The Fortunate" (Philip VI)
21. "The Saint" (Louis IX)
20. "The Prudent" (Louis XI)
19. "The Wise" (Robert II, Charles V)
18. "The Just" (Louis XIII)
17. "Good King Henry" (Henry IV)
16. "The Quarreller" (Louis X)
15. "The Amorous" (Philip I)
14. "The Affable" (Charles VIII)
13. "The Mad" (Charles VI)
12. "Augustus" (Philip II)
11. "The Victorious" (Charles VII)
10. "The Citizen King" (Louis-Philippe I)
9. "The Father and Restorer of Letters" (Francis I)
8. "The Bold" (Philip III)
7. "The Lion" (Louis VIII)
6. "The Beloved" (Charles VI, Louis XV)
5. "The Well-served" (Charles VII)
4. "The Green Gallant" (Henry IV)
3. "The Sun King" (Louis XIV)
2. "The Debonnaire" (Louis I)
1. "The Universal Spider" (Louis XI)

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deepomega (#1,720)

Josh "The Historiographer" Fruhlinger

Jeremy "Josh "The Historiographer" Fruhlinger" Mesiano-Crookston

I think I broke the quotation mark.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

Henry IV would be a good name for an English king.

After "The Great" and "The Good", I was expecting "The So-So".

MlePetitColbert (#234,160)

Nerd alert: Number 6 should be Louis XV (the bien-aimé), not Louis XIV! Louis XIV was a lot of things, but I don't think "beloved" was one of them.

jfruh (#713)


MlePetitColbert (#234,160)

@jfruh The Louis. There are a lot of them. It is easy to get confused.

MlePetitColbert (#234,160)

Or mistype the roman numeral (which happened frequently when I was writing my dissertation).

jfruh (#713)

@MlePetitColbert Fixed now!

Jared (#1,227)

"The Hammer" (Charles Martel, not technically king, but close enough)

jfruh (#713)

@Jared yeah, I decided not to go down the rabbit hole of Merovingians and mayors of the palace, tempting as ol' Karl the Hammer made the prospect.

MlePetitColbert (#234,160)

I forgot to mention that "the universal spider" has been my favorite king nickname for a long time, so when i saw this list my first thought was "Please let Louis XI be #1."

Brunhilde (#1,225)

The snivellin' grovellin' Measly weasely Blabberin' jabberin'Gibberin' jabberin' Blunderin' Wheelin' dealin' phony king of England…

Oh wait, he was only a prince.

Brunhilde (#1,225)

Also, I knew Louis XIV was the Sun King because there was this HBO show called "Encyclopedia" when I was young and I still have the song about Louis XIV stuck in my head. And I just tried to google it and realized that there is a much, much, more famous song about the Sun King. *facepalm*

Eric Spiegelman (#3,968)

I thought Charlemagne was "Charles the Hammer"

Eric Spiegelman (#3,968)


Eric Spiegelman (#3,968)

@Eric Spiegelman +1

Eric "The comment solipsist" Spiegelman

Amphora (#231,928)

The French loved ironic monikers as much as any hipsters – Pepin The Short was still six feet tall.

ETA Cause what's the fun of being a history nerd if you can't be pedantic??

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geek_tragedy (#235,257)

Henri IV for the win!!!!!!!!!

Adiko Josh (#237,392)

Kinda funny nicknames.

Abdul Qadir@twitter (#243,394)

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