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Questions tagged [kingdom]

Questions regarding the history of the realm of a monarchy, ruled by a king or a queen regent.

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In Dutch history two people are referred to as “William III”; are there any more cases where this happens?

William of Orange was also called William the third, one of the descendants in the same family was again called William the third. Is this common in history? are there any more cases where this ...
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Demonym for someone from the kingdom of D'mt

D'mt is a little-studied kingdom which lasted from the 10th to 5th centuries BC, in Eritrea and Ethiopia. For further information, you can look here and just about nowhere else. The civilization is ...
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Why did the Queen of Hawai'i surrender, when two thirds of the registered voters were in favour of signing the new constitution in 1893?

While drafting a new constitution, the Cabinet refused to sign it, even though two thirds of the native Hawaiians were supporting it. The fear of bloodshed made her surrender. When the Queen would ...
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Typology and the cause of difference between European medieval kingship?

Western Medieval Catholic kings and nobility in Britain, France, Spain and Portugal, Italy, Germany and Austria share certain distinctive common features that can be summed under the term of vassalage ...
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Influential kings/emperors at the time of Maria Theresa [closed]

By reading the book by Basset For God and Kaiser, the author seems to be pretty fond of the ruling of Maria Theresa. It is pointed out that Maria Theresa an influential Empress of the XVIII century. I ...
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Independent persons founding personal fiefdoms

Question: I am interested to know of any more possible instances like Sarawak and the Cocos-Keeling Islands described below, where individuals have managed to establish de facto fiefdoms or states ...
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Is it true that George Washington was Offered Kingship?

I recently heard a rumor that George Washington was offered to become king of America, but refused instead wanting a Presidency; is this rumor true or is it just just that, a rumor?
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Were women directly involved in national state affairs in Indian kingdoms?

Movie or TV drama from India show that in kingdoms of India, such as Mauryan, women are directly involved in nation/kingdom affairs, they have significant influence. Was it true or it's just ...
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Most advanced nonliterate society

I got to thinking some more recently about the interrelation of societal advancement and information availability. That got me wondering about the limits. In short, what is the most advanced society ...
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Name of Kingdom that was formed after marriage refusal?

A while back, I read that in the middle ages, or even thousands of years ago, in Europe (I think around Netherlands), someone asked for a lady's hand in marriage (I think she was daughter of some King ...
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King associated with the number four

Long back, in a children's magazine, I had read a trivia about a certain king, whose life had multiple associations with the number four. I cannot recollect what the associations were exactly, but ...
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Rulers' titles in Middle Age Italy

For centuries in the Middle Ages, in many regions of Europe there were not kings, but dukes, archdukes, etc. For instance, in Italy one had the Archduke of Tuscany and the Duke of Piedmont (until 1720)...
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Who is the banished Scottish King? (before 1560)

I've done some genealogy research in my family and found a man named "Simon Skragge". I've been searching information about this "Simon Skragge" online, and found this: Adl. ätten Skraggensköld (...
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Did anyone ever win a kingdom through single combat without a backing army or blood tie to the throne?

I've read of instances where historians suggest that single combat of champions has been used to preempt wholesale slaughter on the battlefield; and I think I've read instances where blood relatives ...
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Historical examples of an elected absolute monarch: [closed]

The Pope of the Catholic Church is an absolute monarch - Head of State of the Vatican City State. He is granted this title through an election by the College of Cardinals. See: The Pope...is currently ...
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Why were the Merovingians so reviled?

I'm interested in the state of the Frankish kingdom at the time of the Merovingian peak, before they were deposed. I have heard hints of lavish lifestyle, but I take this to be much the same way ...
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Life expectancy of monarchs and its relation to stability/peace

Has there been any studies on the average life expectancy of a monarch during different time periods? If there had been, can this be used as an indicator of relative peacefulness during the time? ...
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What does it mean to have a “proved son?”

What is a "proved son?" What does it mean for a child to be "proved." Here is the context: I was reading on Wikipedia about Lady Godiva and it said Lady Godiva was the wife of Leofric, Earl of ...
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How would a large kingdom be ruled?

Genghis Khan, Alexander etc. are rulers who had kingdoms which were larger than most of the countries now. How would they have ruled their countries efficiently when it would take weeks for ...