British History/regnal numbering


Hi Mark, when you said in a previous answer to a question about renal numbering that it starts from the time of William the Conqueror, did you mean that this was retrospective or was it used at the time?

Hello Marianne.
The first British King to use his Regnal number was Henry VIII. Before that Kings were simply known by their first name and sometimes an appendage such as William Rufus (William II) or Edward Longshanks (Edward I) to distinguish them.

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Mark Smith


I have a good basic knowledge of British political history, but my speciality is the Kings and Queens of England and Scotland from 927 AD. Please no social history questions, it's not my strong point and I'm unlikely to answer them.


No professional experience, but a lifelong interest and access to a variety of sources of information.

"A" level in History.

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