And on the subject of the Supreme Court…
I was at the UK Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago for a hearing, and in court 1 they have carved wooden benches. Some of the benches have the busts of English monarchs carved on the ends. And, Tumblr, I’ve got to tell you, it’s a pretty weird selection of English monarchs. Here’s the complete list. I’ll ease you in with the less surprising ones:
- Elizabeth I: established England as a naval power, presided over cultural flourishing, &c.
- Henry VIII: created the Church of England, quite important and famous, okay yes.
- Edward III: famous for fighting loads of wars and what-have-you.
- Henry VII: did important stuff with national finances and things, I think?
- Henry IV: um… joint winner of ‘appears in the largest number of Shakespeare plays’.
- Richard III: generally regarded as not very nice?
- Edward VI: … did basically nothing because he was under 15 at all times.
- Stephen: ……… had a long and embarrassing civil war and frankly nobody has even heard of this guy…
Honestly, this is nobody’s list of Top Eight English Sovereigns. Can anybody help me out about what they could possibly have in common that would justify choosing them (and excluding others) to decorate the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom? Because I’m stumped.