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George the Mad, Victoria the Great and Elizabeth the Last

I am currently reading a book on the Medici, and was struck by the rather more imaginative tags given to their head honchos - Piero the Gouty, Lorenzo the Magnificent and so forth.

Similarly, the French have come up with some rather good poison pen strokes - Charles the Fat, Charles the Bald, and the Danes Harald Bluetooth and Sweyn Forkbeard.

We have not managed anything much since Richard the Lioneart and John Lackland.

Suggestions to outdo my rather feeble first attempt, please.
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Blogger Newmania said... 9:47 am

Vlad The Impaler sounds a bit more exciting than Charles the Self Effacing or whatever does it not ? Blood Axe William ?  

Blogger Guthrum said... 10:53 am

Edward the Nazi

George the Woodbine

Charles the Unfaithful

etc etc  

Anonymous this guy said... 11:18 am

Farmer George?

Who went mad, like the more interesting Charles 6, who believed he was made largely out of glass.

You know, bien sur, that the current "World" Series champ is named after Louis 9.  

Anonymous iancroydon said... 12:48 pm

"Elizabeth the Last", might be appealing, but not as much as "President Anthony the First" that would come after her.  

Blogger Newmania said... 3:34 pm

Good one IanCroydon. damn C`s Republican eyes for his black hearted treason, we do not want President Tone.  

Anonymous verity said... 4:24 pm

Tone already has a nickname: Tony the Scumbag. Or Anthony of Sleaze. Cherie is Cher the Greedy.

Even as a couple, they have a nickname: Nicolae and Elena Ceaucescu.  

Blogger Raedwald said... 5:49 pm

The Danes had some great names. It was, of course, Ivar the Boneless with his brothers Halfdene and Hubba who invaded East Anglia in 865AD.

These days, with H&S to the fore, I suppose it's more Kevin the Careful, Tripnot and Gudlift.

Peers should also be forced to take more appropriate titles; Lord Archer of Luys, Lord Kinnock of Flatusmouth or Lord Mandelson of Pillobyte perhaps.

'E-Wing' Blair, Brown the Dull of Boredom in the County of Sludge, Hewitt the Bent, Reid the Halfbright, Milibandit Major and Milibandit Minor, 'Slow lane' Beckett and Darling the Unloved also spring to mind.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:24 pm

Raedwald - I doff my hat sir.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 6:54 pm

Harry the piss artist
Charles the grocer  

Anonymous verity said... 7:39 pm

I second the hat-doffing, Raedwald!  

Anonymous verity said... 7:42 pm

Beckett the Nag's Head.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 8:05 pm

kennedy the unsteady

Brown the repellent

Reid the leaky

Levy the stooge  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 9:35 pm

Blair the Vain

John Major the minor


Prescott the lard  

Anonymous mens sana said... 11:06 pm

Gordon the Grasping
Patricia the despised (or halfwitt)
Prescott the Fat

Charles flowertongue
Wills the Adored
Harry the illadvised  

Anonymous verity said... 12:18 am

Didn't Patricia Hewitt's colleagues all announce that she has three "very regular" bowel movements a day? She is setting an example to the nation! Isn't this deeply worrying on several levels I don't want to get into, especially the lower intestine?

So Patricia the Dumper. Patricia of Roughage.  

Anonymous this guy said... 9:31 am

Cameron the Confused.

Ming the Mummy.

Willetts the woeful.

Ken the Red.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:16 am

Many fine additions, for which thanks.

V - We know that Hewitt's movements are 'very, very, regular', but not their daily number.....  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 2:23 pm

I like Jack the Hat, so terrifyingly low key.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:45 pm

C19th US outlaws had some great noms de crime:

Black Jack Ketchum
Bittersweet George Newcombe
Big Nose George Parrot
Texas Jack Reed
Kid Slaughter
Piano Charlie Ballard
Tulsa Jack Blake
Pennsylvania Butch Clark
Dynamite Dick Clifton
Flat Nose George Curry

And so on.

And as for bluesmen, well, I could go on for ages....  

Blogger Guthrum said... 5:54 pm

I heard tell of an east end gangster called Crutchy Stuart, who was slightly disabled and beat people up with his NHS crutch  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 6:02 pm

Is that the top ten Mr C? and might we all offer one? Even a top 20, for once you get started there's God the Father, Jude the Obscure, Jones the Milk......  

Blogger David said... 12:19 pm

Headless Harry?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:35 pm

HG - More fun than the pop charts, eh?

David - I'm not a noted royalist, but I would hope not.  

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