Willy, Willy, Harry, Ste,
Harry, Dick, John, Harry 3
1 and 2 Neds, Richard 2,
Harries 4, 5, 6, then who?
Edward 3, 4, Dick the Bad,
Henries twain and Ned the Lad
Mary, Bess and James the Vain
Charlie, Charlie, James again.
Will and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Georges four, Will and Victoria.
Eddie, Georgie, George not Ed,
Liz the Second's now our head.
(from Glanville Williams' *Learning the Law*, but I don't remember the two lines he completed this Victorian aide mémoire with, so I've improvised.)
who is Carloman ?
do you mean Charlemagne ?
(i hate it too, but then the russians and the other germans would have to be respelled too)
And hadnt heard of carloman, when I saw it for a millisecond I thought, do they mean charlemagne? but it is not the same.
also have to admit I had never heard of vasiliy and urban either ow wait urban must be urbanus...! I guess then I only have never heard of vasiliy ( unless it is something completely different in my native tongue, but I doubt it)
Same with the Latin kings. John should technically be Ioannes. Or Giovanni. Or Jan. But it shows up here simply as John. And King John of France was really Jean.
What about the present pope Francis?
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