What is reign?

  • (noun): The period during which a monarch is sovereign.
    Example: "During the reign of Henry VIII"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Reign

A reign is the period of a person's or dynasty's occupation of the office of monarch of a nation (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Belgium) or of a people (e.g. KwaZulu-Natal). In most hereditary monarchies and some elective monarchies (e.g. Holy Roman Empire) there have been no limits on the duration of a sovereign's reign or incumbency, nor is there a term of office. Thus, a reign usually lasts until the monarch dies, unless the monarchy itself is abolished or the monarch abdicates or is deposed.

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Reign - Regnal Periods - Abolitions
... King Humbert II of Italy reigned for only a few weeks in 1946 before the abolition of the Italian Monarchy ... Tsar Nicholas II of Russia reigned from 1894 to 1917 during the Russian Revolution when he was forced to abdicate and the Russian Empire was overthrown. ...
Five Guineas (British Coin) - King George I
... The coins of this reign weighed 41.7–41.8 grams ... back down to twentyone shillings and sixpence by the start of George's reign ... The regnal years for this reign are 1716 SECVNDO 1717 TERTIO 1720 SEXTO 1726 DECIMO TERTIO ...
Five Guineas (British Coin) - King James II
... In this reign, the weight of the coins varied between 41.5 and 42.0 grams ... The kings' head faces left in this reign, and is surrounded by the inscription, while the obverse is the same as in Charles II's reign except for omitting the ... The regnal years for this reign are 1686 SECVNDO 1687 TERTIO 1688 QVARTO ...
Haakon IV Of Norway - Reign - The Scottish Expedition and Death
... Haakon employed an active and aggressive foreign policy towards strengthening Norwegian ties in the west ... His policy relied on friendship and trade with the English king the first known Norwegian trade agreements were made with England in the years 1217–23 (England's first commercial treaties were also made with Norway), and the friendship with Henry III of England was a cornerstone in Haakon's foreign policy ...
Haakon IV Of Norway
... His reign lasted for 46 years, longer than any Norwegian king before him ... the troubled civil war era in Norway, but his reign eventually managed to put an end to the internal conflicts ... At the start of his reign, during his minority, his later rival Earl Skule Bårdsson served as regent ...

More definitions of "reign":

  • (noun): A period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful.
    Example: "He was helpless under the reign of his egotism"
  • (verb): Have sovereign power.
    Example: "Henry VIII reigned for a long time"
  • (noun): Royal authority; the dominion of a monarch.
    Synonyms: sovereignty

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