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Post by brandedelemental on Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:44 pm

So what is everyone's personal favorite political dynasty? This includes European houses, Chinese dynasties, and the various families that vied for power in Ancient Rome.

For me I would have to say the Hapsburgs. This is because they initially gained most of their power from marriage and inheritance, rather than from conquest. Also they are a large part of the reason as to why the nations of Austria and Switzerland exist as independent nations in the first place.

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Post by GeorgeIVofBritannia on Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:47 pm

My favourite dynasty would be the Tudor dynasty in England and Wales.
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by 321gman on Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:01 pm

I would have to say either the Solomaic Dynasty, as it survived up to the mid-1900s or the Yamato Dynasty, as it is the longest dynasty in the world.
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Post by Brusilov on Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:21 pm

My favourite dynasty would then have to be the Romanov/Romanov-Holstein-Gottorp family.
Such people as Peter I the great, who made a great power out of a backwards principality or Alexander II who defeated the Turks numerous times and freed Bulgaria and many other nations from ottoman rule and reformed Russia even further.
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Post by SirPhoenixVIII on Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:11 pm

I would have to say the Capetian dynasty, as it ruled over nations outside of France. Its long and vast history always made me wonder how they have lived for such a long time.
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Post by 321gman on Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:13 pm

And there is also the Bourbon Dynasty, the one family in Europe that could compete with the Hapsburgs.
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Post by SirPhoenixVIII on Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:18 pm

321gman wrote:And there is also the Bourbon Dynasty, the one family in Europe that could compete with the Hapsburgs.

I mean the Hapsburgs did ALOT of inbreeding so Bourbon king
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Post by HMS Prince of Wales on Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:19 pm

The Aisin Gioro dynasty of China. Basically went from a small clan of Manchurian steppe raiders to become the largest and most powerful Chinese dynasty all the way up to its end in 1912.
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Hadrian on Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:34 pm

OBVIOUSLY, the answer can be none other than the Hohenzollerns of Prussia. Sure, Willy II was a bit of a disappointment, but other than that the Hohenzollerns managed to produce a pretty solid bunch of monarchs!
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by hthompson on Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:58 pm

House Vasa of Sweden.

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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Seleukos Nikator on Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:39 pm

brandedelemental wrote:So what is everyone's personal favorite political dynasty? This includes European houses, Chinese dynasties, and the various families that vied for power in Ancient Rome.

For me I would have to say the Hapsburgs. This is because they initially gained most of their power from marriage and inheritance, rather than from conquest. Also they are a large part of the reason as to why the nations of Austria and Switzerland exist as independent nations in the first place.

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Post by Jake Mapper on Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:45 pm

Brusilov wrote:My favourite dynasty would then have to be the Romanov/Romanov-Holstein-Gottorp family.
Such people as Peter I the great, who made a great power out of a backwards principality or Alexander II who defeated the Turks numerous times and freed Bulgaria and many other nations from ottoman rule and reformed Russia even further.
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Königreich Preußen on Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:28 am

I know they didn't rule that long, but the Hungarian Hunyadi family fascinate me for some reason.
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by 321gman on Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:32 am

Königreich Preußen wrote:I know they didn't rule that long, but the Hungarian Hunyadi family fascinate me for some reason.
If who ruled that long?
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Königreich Preußen on Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:36 am

Clarify?
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by 321gman on Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:37 am

Königreich Preußen wrote:Clarify?
"I didn't know they ruled that long"
Who ruled that long?
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Königreich Preußen on Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:43 am

Oh, Matthias Corvinus ruled between 1458-1490, although his father, Janos Hunyadi, ruled as regent before him. His father was very popular because of victories against the Ottomans in the Crusade of Varna (Which they lost anyway.) His popularity was one of the reasons Matthias was elected as king, Matthias, oversimplified, made war against the Bohemians and Austrians, and was the founder of the "Black Army."
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Orion Gamer on Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:30 am

The Udonen family of Brandenburg (you might know them from CKII) or the von Hohenzollerns in Prussia
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Nachos81 on Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:24 am

I've gotta go with the Habsburgs. They're the family that others, like the Bourbons, are compared to. It's like they wrote the book for a Shakesperian-like rise and fall of a dynasty. Charles V ruled the Spanish and Austrian lands, projecting influence across much of Europe. However, they fell from grace after the Protestant Reformation and once Prussia started ascending. Now, their most prominent family member is a race car driver in Austria so that's cool.
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Samsid on Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:12 am

Habsburgs *grabs popcorn*
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Brusilov on Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:15 am

Samsid wrote:Habsburgs *grabs popcorn*
No Karl XII, not today
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Moarice on Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:54 pm

Gotta go with either the Solomonic dynasty for the fact that it managed to rule for so long, or the Radziwiłł/Radvila family. They never ruled the country, but they had A LOT of lands and power in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. You know the often reappearing cliches of a guy controlling the king in a shady way? That's pretty much what they did most of the time. They were also so powerful that at one point the head of the family decided "Fuck the king!" during a war and made a pact with the king of Sweden, though I don't remember its exact terms (in general it would make either the Grand Duchy of Lithuania or the entire Commonwealth a junior partner in a union with Sweden), and managed to get support of almost all nobles in the duchy. They were despicable, but to me they were also fascinating. And, fun fact: they still deal in politics. A member of the family held an important function in the League of Nations, another is the current Minister of Health in Poland, another married the sister of Constantine I of Greece, another was brother-in-law to Jacqueline Kennedy, another nearly married Willy I of Germany... the list goes on.
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Post by AnesPaja on Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:02 am

The Kotromanić dynasty becouse I'm from Bosnia.
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Weavile on Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:18 am

I'd have to say the Brooke Dynasty, or White Rajah Dynasty of the Kingdom of Sarawak. Mostly because it was founded by a European explorer/military man that made a Kingdom in Indonesia completely independent of a European power. They also left a significant, positive impact in the area, so I guess that's another reason that they're interesting. However, I found out about them just yesterday, so I guess I would say the Hohenzollern or Ottoman dynasties would also be contenders for my favorite historical dynasty.
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Re: Favorite Historical Dynasty

Post by Guest on Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:11 am

I'd say the Capetian dynasty in France. Ruled over basically half of the countries of Europe at one moment or another.

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