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Musings on a Myriad of Monarchs

Postby Mike Garrett » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:34 pm

Thought I'd share my EMA (End Module Assessment) from my Open University course. Didn't score too highly with the high-faluting academics marking it, but was enough to get me a pass on the module! I haven't included the commentary I also had to write.

Musings on a Myriad of Monarchs

We start our course with William One –
The conqueror, a natural son.
William two succeeded Dad,
‘Accidentally’ slain – too bad.
Bill’s brother Henry One is next,
Loved and hated in many a text.
Stephen chosen – bad advice,
Not really weak, just too nice.
The second Henry gave us law
But relationships with sons were poor.
Lion-hearted Richard (number one)-
Bold and brave but left no son!
Brother John now comes to power
And leaves his Barons feeling sour.
Henry Three enthroned as boy –
His broken promises did annoy.
Edward First, better than sire,
Conquests and castles both grew higher.
Ed Two – a waste of breathe.
Useless king, unpleasant death.
Edward the Third, so much better
Than Dad, a real go-getter.
Richard Second, like Eddy Two,
Dropped himself right in the poo...
Henry the Fourth seized the crown
But never really lived it down.
Henry Five of warrior fame
Died too young, such a shame.
Henry Sixth lost lands in France
Cause of death – unhappy chance?
Edward Four, large as life.
Good chap, poor choice of wife.
Richard Three – slandered king,
Betrayed and slain, lost everything.
Henry Seventh – good with cash
But never really cut a dash.
To Henry Ate, you never said ‘Nope.’
Many wives, fell out with Pope.
Edward Six, another kid.
Short reign, but built some schools he did.
To Mary One, all folk conspired,
So she had two hundred fired!
Elizabeth One, despite all urgin’
Ruled alone (and well). Died a virgin.
James the First (and Sixth, of Scots) –
Not blown to Hell, despite the plots.
Of Charles the First, it is said
For religion quite lost his head.
Charlie Two, on Restoration,
Despite his faults, quite wowed the nation!
James’ the Seconds ignoble feat –
To run away and lose his seat.
William Three (and Mary Two)
Cracked down on papists – wouldn’t you?
Anne – another Lady Queen,
Inoffensive – land serene.
George One never interfered
With politics – quite revered.
George the second, just like Pa,
Let things be and went quite far.
George the Third , bit mad, did fine
‘Til America stepped out of line...
George Fourth a feckless youth.
Dissolute wastrel, that’s the truth.
William four – ‘the Sailor King’,
Politics was not his thing.
Victoria, widowed young,
Reigned long - how were her praises sung!
Edward Seven took up the call.
Popular and loved by all.
The fifth George, another King
Who did well in everything.
Edward Eighth left for a wife
Whose accomplishment was strife.
George the Sixth safely saw
Us though the tragedy of war.
Elizabeth Two is now reigning,
Charles is next – no complaining!
Should our monarchs onwards forge –
A William Five and Seventh George.



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Re: Musings on a Myriad of Monarchs

Postby Henri De Ceredigion » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:52 pm

Very impressive indeed, I must say, however that said, there is only one method of the English Kings and Queens since 1066 for me:




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Re: Musings on a Myriad of Monarchs

Postby jacobhankins » Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:34 am

Nice thread and very informative sir.


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Re: Musings on a Myriad of Monarchs

Postby Mike Garrett » Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:16 pm

Thank you, good sirs.




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