Numbers and the Monarchy

Right… quick question for you… Name the English King who is famous for having six wives… Ok. It’s an easy one but I’ll give you a second to think about it. Ok… you done? Well the answer was Henry VIII. A simple enough question and one I’m going to follow with another question: How many kings called Henry were there before him? Now I’m willing to bet that most of you have just got that question terribly, terribly wrong. Now my money is on that you said there were 7 kings of England called Henry before him as he was Henry VIII. Well yeah, ok, he was Henry VIII and that’s what he was crowned as… But the answer is wrong due to a fundamental flaw in the British Monarchy that was introduced following the Norman conquest and then continually made worse ever since. And now I’m going to explain why.

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