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Old 07-01-2013, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Was it Henry VIII, whose cruelty is world-famous, or another one? God bless.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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What is your definition of 'worst'? That is a subjective term and I think that it could be seen in different ways. Most cruel since you give reference to that? Worst impact on the nation itself? Because you could have a cruel king who none the less consolodated or improved the status and situation of the realm. Least popular? People in say, Scotland or Ireland, or some of the colonies and territories may have a different view of the worst than, say someone living in the heart of England itself.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:12 AM
 
Location: The Triad
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Was it Henry VIII...?
Because he was portrayed on PBS last evening?
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:18 AM
 
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King John

While the Magna Carta did come into being during his rule, it was a response to his very poor governance of the country he inherited from his brother. Even the Pope announced that anyone overthrowing John would still be right in the eyes of God.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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You do need to quanity "worst". For instance, even if you think Richard III was innocent of killing his nephews, he was still a rather unseemly character with a river of blood running from his hands. However, he wasn't a "bad" king in terms of running the country.

Generally the guy at the top of the list of overall "worst" for running the country is Edward II who had one of the most convoluted and ineffectual rules in history. That is until his wife overthrew him and put their son on the throne. Though since Edward III was a minor, his mother Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer ruled in his stead. They were almost as bad as Edward II...almost.

Edward VIII often makes these lists as he is the one who came closest to ending the entire monarchy. Had he not abdicated in favor of his brother George VI, there is a good chance the monarchy would have collapsed, if not in the UK, certainly in the Commonwealth.

I'm not even sure how Henry VIII makes the list (James II, Charles I, John, Henry VI, Stephen, Harold II, George III and George IV...all of them before Henry VIII). From all accounts Henry VIII was a pretty good king...just a bad husband. Though, his daughter Mary I could certainly be a contender if we included queens.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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Æthelred the Unready, King of England 978-1013 and 1014-1016.

After his father King Edgar kicked the Danish out of the Danelaw in England, Æthelred managed to lose the entire country to Canute the Great, a Dane who became King of England upon its conquest.

Æthelred the Unready - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:05 AM
 
Location: North of Canada, but not the Arctic
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Pretty much all of them. It's no wonder that democracy made such progress there.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: The Mid South
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Isn't it something that,there are many contenders for the worst King and hard to think of a really good one.
No wonder my ancestors got to heck out of there even though they had to do it on credit.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:47 AM
 
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The one who BURNT MY GODDAMN CAKES

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Old 07-01-2013, 12:19 PM
 
Location: The Triad
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Isn't it something that there are many contenders for the worst King
and hard to think of a really good one.
That's the irony of it...
and the pointlessness of absolutist questions like the OP poses.

Few of the bad, even the worst, didn't ALSO do great things.
And few of the good who didn't also do horrible things.
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